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Woman Saved From Travelling To Wuhan After Dog Ate Her Passport

A woman who was to travel to the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has her furry friend to thank for her abandoned trip.

A Taiwanese woman said she was supposed to travel to Wuhan with her family in mid-January, but was unable to buy tickets after her dog ate her passport.

The woman returned home to find her passport destroyed. Image: Facebook/ Kimi0611

On the Facebook page she has dedicated to her golden retriever, the woman posted a photo of the destroyed passport and a guilty-looking pooch on January 13.

Just days later, the first coronavirus fatality in Wuhan was announced.

The woman has intended to travel to Wuhan. Image: Facebook/Kimi0611

The woman posted two days later with a different view on the passport-eating disaster, saying -- according to a translation -- "this kid is really protecting me".

"After my passport was torn apart, the virus began to go where I originally planned to go," a translated version of her post said.

"I think about it now, and it's very touching; Fortunately, you blocked our trip."

The woman thanked her dog for stopping her from travelling to Wuhan. Image: Facebook/ Kimi0611

Since the coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan on December 31, China has confirmed 80 people have died, with thousands of confirmed cases.

Some 769 new cases were confirmed Sunday and more than 30,000 people who had contact with possible cases were under medical observation, the Health Commission reported.

Chinese travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people travelling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday.

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China's National Health Commission said anyone travelling from Wuhan is now required to register with community health stations and quarantine themselves at home for 14 days -- the virus' maximum incubation period.

In the heart of the outbreak where 11 million residents are already on lockdown, Wuhan banned most vehicle use, including private cars, in downtown areas.

China cut off trains, planes and other links to the city on January 22, and has steadily expanded the lockdown to 16 surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million.

China is scrambling to build a hospital to treat patients. Image: AAP

Wuhan is building two makeshift hospitals with about 1,000 beds each to handle patients. The city has said the first is expected to be completed February 3.

Xinhua also said medical supplies are being rushed to the city, including 14,000 protective suits, 110,000 pairs of gloves and masks and goggles.

With AAP.