Confirmed cases jump to 581 with 571 of them reported from China. Hong Kong, Taipei and Macau all report cases. The death toll increases to 17, all involving people in the Hubei Province. The source remains unknown, but WHO rules out that it’s no longer due to ongoing exposures to the seafood market in Wuhan. In the last week, less than 15 percent of new cases visited the market. WHO receives additional evidence that there is human-to-human transmission.
Chinese officials suspend travel into and out of Wuhan, locking millions of people inside the city. Additional travel restrictions will later be imposed in other cities within the Hubei Province.
WHO’s emergency committee decides against advising Tedros to declare a PHEIC, citing a limited number of global cases and steps China took to prevent the virus from spreading.