Approximately 60 million individuals have been influenced by partial or full lockdowns in Chinese towns as the country's government steps up its response.

France to bring residents home from Wuhan

France will serve its citizens back home from Wuhan “during next week," the country's Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn, said Sunday. The process could introduce hundreds of French citizens, she said.

"The Prime Minister has concluded to regress to the French individuals of Wuhan and their purpose to return. Our ministry team is in conversation with the inhabitants. All those who want to yield will be able to do so,” Buzyn said.  

“The Prime Minister has inquired repatriation by personal air transportation with the approval of the Chinese authorities... We are providing a direct flight from Wuhan," she added.

Buzyn said those who return to France will be observed in one place for 14 days to withdraw any expanse of the virus.

Oneself need to be ready for this to become a global disease: Hong Kong expert

The number of individuals  affected by the Wuhan coronavirus could probably fold every six days in the nonexistence of a significant invasion by public health authorities, according to Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of public health medicine at University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Leung, who is also the originating director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Infection Disease Epidemiology and Control in Hong Kong, gave his forecast on the probable range of the outbreak during a press conference held at HKU on Monday afternoon.

He said he had capitulated his report to Beijing and Hong Kong authorities as well as to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Leung said according to his team’s model, the number of cases of Wuhan coronavirus including patients that are incubating (not showing symptoms) could approach 44,000 cases as of January 25. 

This epidemic is growing at quite a fast rate and it’s accelerating,” said Leung.

The results of two situations -- one with a community quarantine as has been seen in Wuhan and one without -- were almost identical, suggesting “community quarantine may not be able to substantially change the course of the epidemic in the other major city clusters.”

In addition to Wuhan, Leung urged China could see epicenters of self-sustaining diseases in other major cities in the mainland, including in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

"It is not a forecast, it is not clear, but this finding makes us concerned enough to warn the authorities and to warn the public,” Leung said.

According to Leung's forecast, the number of incidents could peak between mid-May and mid-April in main cities. To prevent this from happening, there would need to be “substantial draconian measures limiting people mobility sooner rather than later,” said