"We ask all governments, companies, and news organisations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria", he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference.
The standing committee for the National People's Congress said it believes it is necessary to postpone the gathering to give top priority to people's lives, safety and health, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. If the number of new coronavirus cases begins to slow, and China's factories reopen soon, the result will be a fleeting hit to the Chinese economy in the first quarter and a dent in global growth.
News of the Egyptian case came just hours after Microsoft founder Bill Gates raised the possibility 10 million people could die if the disease spread in sub-Saharan Africa. Fourteen of them have the virus and were taken to hospitals in California and Nebraska.
The ministry has been carrying out tests on passengers and crew on the ship, docked in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo.
Plasma from patients who have recovered from a spell of pneumonia triggered by COVID-19 contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients, an official from the National Health Commission told a press briefing Monday.
And a positive test from the Wsterdam, another cruise ship that disembarked passengers in Cambodia, has raised concerns about further spread of the virus around the globe.
"No symptomatic or infected passengers will be allowed to board", it said. They will be tested and placed under a 14-day quarantine.
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He said measures like the Kaine resolution will clarify that it is Congress's responsibility to debate and declare war. It may take longer than a week for the president to come around, however.
Tedros said relatively few cases have been reported in children, but more research is needed to understand why.
Any of the quarantined passengers who shows symptoms of the virus will be taken to a hospital off the base "for containment and specialized care", according to the statement. Up to this point, the virus is not actively spreading in the United States.
Officials in Hubei have faced increasing scrutiny about whether they intentionally downplayed reports of the virus when it emerged late previous year, or ignored evidence that it was being spread from person-to-person, delaying any efforts to contain it before it was too late.
"In the meantime health services in other countries need to remain vigilant to identify all cases and to prevent onward transmission to their populations".
Ardern said she had spoken to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday night, and had been told New Zealanders on the ship would be able to fly out with any Australian-assisted evacuation.
That may be part of the reason China abruptly decided last week to change the way it counted cases of the virus.
Pictures of pet cats wearing makeshift face masks are going viral in China as fears of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) spread globally. The death rate for those confirmed cases has been 2.3 percent - 2.8 percent for males versus 1.7 percent for females.