A woman arriving on an worldwide flight to Los Angeles global Airport wears a mask on the first day of health screenings for coronavirus of travelers from Wuhan, China on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
In a sign that the city is feeling the pressure, Hubei governor Jiang Chaoliang said in a meeting Friday that Wuhan must "make every effort to increase isolation places and designated hospital beds", according to a statement on the government's website.
The six people had been monitored in hospitals in Montreal and Quebec City as a precautionary measure.
The first US case was a man in his 30s who traveled to Wuhan and arrived back in the USA on January 15, Washington state health officials said Tuesday.
The case marks the second confirmed in the US, after officials in Seattle said a patient was now in isolation after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
It was the low number of confirmed cases overseas - now 11 - that was one of the reasons the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declined to designate the virus an "international emergency". "It's a virus that's causing infections in another part of the globe". Roughly 35 million people live in the quarantined cities, near Wuhan, where the virus is thought to have emerged. They found that most of these patients had visited the Huanan seafood market (where investigators think the first transmission to humans might have occured), most were men and on average most were of middle age.
"The good news is that the data so far suggest that this virus may have a lower mortality than SARS, we have a diagnostic test and there is greater transparency than decades gone by".
Infected people have been reported in 29 provinces of China, along with the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
And while it's too soon to be sure, Heymann said the new virus appears most unsafe to older adults who have other health problems.
More US cases are likely, she added.
All of the patients admitted to the hospital had pneumonia, most had fever and cough and some reported fatigue. For now, CDC said it will maintain its screening process at five USA airports but will re-evaluate its necessity.
A 60-year-old Chicago woman is the second USA patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China. The CDC said it's working to get tests for the virus out to states so they can more quickly identify cases.
While there is no vaccine - or specific treatment - for SARS or MERS, Fauci said it is technically possible to create a vaccine against this new virus.