Chinese Wuhan city authorities controlled departures and arrivals over an outbreak of coronavirus infections, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang during a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

"The Wuhan Government already took measures to strengthen departure and arrival control, this is the latest news I know," informed Geng adding that China is "willing to work with all the sides to deal with the epidemic and maintain the sanitary safety in the region and the world."

Geng informed that China will take part in the World Health Organisation's (WHO) emergency talks on Wednesday.

An outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a newly emerging coronavirus - also known by the WTO as 2019-nCoV - was reported in the central Chinese town of Wuhan. Since then, six people have died and over 290 people were reportedly infected, according to the National Health Commission.

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