Officials said a 30-year-old man had tested positive after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
State Department of the US has alerted Americans living or travelling to China about the deadly outbreak of Pneumonia, which began in the city of Wuhan and has killed one person. In addition to this, the United States is also on high alert of watch level 1 to monitor citizens and urging them to avoid contact with animals during their travel.
While the new coronavirus appears to be less virulent and deadly than the virus that caused the 2003 SARS outbreak, many questions remain. The newly announced coronavirus is a version that has been unknown until now, one that has caused around four dozen people to contract a severe pneumonia-like respiratory illness.
Facts on new coronavirus outbreak in Chinese city of Wuhan
Necessary measures will be taken duly in case of a wider outbreak, the Health Ministry assured. China on Thursday confirmed the second death from the virus in Wuhan province.
Those traveling from Wuhan showing signs of fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing should visit the nearest medical facility, the ministry said.
Tests on the patient, who was released from hospital on Wednesday, confirmed he was infected with the new virus.
Canada's Public Health Agency said Tuesday that it considers the likelihood of an outbreak in Canada to be low. Experts say they want to know how the virus was transmitted to humans and the incubation period of the patients.
Indonesia has not reported any cases of the new virus. He warned it was possible that multiple cases with mild symptoms might be masking the true numbers of people infected, indicating that many cases may be going unreported.
World Health Organization in a statement (via SCMP): "The evidence strongly suggests that the epidemic is associated with exposures at a seafood market in Wuhan". Ministry officials are checking the patient's activities and people he contacted in China and Japan.
The outbreak comes ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in late January, when many of China's 1.4 billion people will be travelling to their home towns or overseas.