As efforts to contain the virus spread across China, Beijing cancelled massive gatherings that usually attract throngs at temples during the New Year holiday, while the historic Forbidden City will close from Saturday.
In Quebec, at least five people who recently returned from China were being kept at Montreal hospitals, while the USA officials said a patient in Seattle who had traveled through the Wuhan region tested positive for the virus.
Huanggang, 30 miles east of Wuhan, is home to 7 million people and Ezhou 1 million.
Fox News could not immediately reach an official to confirm the number.
The BBC understands that the patient travelled to Northern Ireland from the city of Wuhan.
But a senior US State Department official said Washington was "still concerned" about transparency in the Chinese government.
"We screen millions of people and did not detect a single person with SARS", said Khan, pointing to the 2003 outbreak of the disease that hit Toronto and cities around the world.
"The affected nurse is being treated at the Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well", he wrote on Twitter.
A spokeswoman for the University of Glasgow said that while there was a partnership agreement with Zhongnan University in Wuhan, "all our Chinese students on this programme (in Glasgow) are now studying at the university and in good health". A 61-year-old man in the city with preexisting medical conditions died on January 9, becoming the virus' first casualty.
The other 17 fatalities have all been people aged 48 to 89 and had pre-existing health conditions, Chinese health authorities said Thursday.
During the SARS epidemic, the Chinese government took months to report the disease and initially denied World Health Organization experts any access.
It cited an unnamed source at the construction company that will build it.
Wuhan residents called for help and shared worries of food shortages, with streets in the virus-hit central Chinese city deserted after it was put on lockdown.
China's airline authority urged airlines to "reduce flights" into Wuhan, and said 288 inbound flights were cancelled Thursday morning. About 5,000 people remain under medical observation.
It said seven hospitals are being "fully utilised" with 3,000 beds set aside to treat suspected and confirmed cases.
She added: "No University of Glasgow students attend university in Wuhan".
"It's too early to consider this as a public health emergency of global concern", Didier Houssin, the chair of the emergency advisory committee, said.
The comments followed an emergency WHO meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, where the health agency mulled whether to declare the novel coronavirus - now dubbed "2019-nCoV" - a worldwide emergency.
The unknown type of viral pneumonia was first reported in Wuhan in early January and has since been confirmed by China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be a new strain of the coronavirus, now being labeled as 2019-nCoV or Novel Coronavirus.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, the federal NDP health critic Don Davies said while there are no confirmed cases in Canada, global cases of the virus are troubling to Canadians and reinforce the need for on-going monitoring and preparedness.
Several infections have also been confirmed beyond mainland China, with patients popping up in the US, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, with a number of suspected cases in Mexico and the Philippines.
Three separate research teams are to start work on developing potential vaccines against the new coronavirus that is causing a disease epidemic in China, a global coalition set up to fight diseases said.
Since then, sick travelers from Wuhan have infected people in China and other countries, including the United States.