Officials had already confirmed two cases in which patients tested positive without having travelled to China, adding to anxiety over human-to-human transmission of the respiratory disease.
Doug Perez, an American who resides in Wuhan, told Fox News described the situation as a "scary experience", like "something out of a sci-fi movie".
So far, most reported infections and deaths are in China's Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
The officials said that health workers and people who have been in contact with the latest patient are being monitored for symptoms. "For that, China deserves our gratitude and respect", said WHO's director general, Tedros Adhanom.International airlines suspend service to ChinaMany international airlines have suspended or reduced flights to China, including American Airlines, Delta, United, Air Seoul, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and Air Canada.British Airways said Wednesday that it has stopped flights to and from China following government advice against all but essential travel.American Airlines said that the company had suspended flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai and Beijing.
The case could be the tip of the iceberg with a further 800 Indians are now under observation after displaying symptoms of the disease.
The first U.S. case of person-to-person coronavirus transmission has been recorded in Chicago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and IL officials confirmed.
The World Health Organisation on Wednesday warned all governments to "take action" over the deadly SARS-like virus.
The WHO has called an urgent meeting for Thursday over whether the viral epidemic should be declared a global health emergency - a designation that could lead to increased worldwide coordination.
Some 250 French citizens and 100 other Europeans are expected to be flown out of Wuhan on board two French planes this week.
The Federal Government has confirmed two Australian citizens in China have been infected with coronavirus.
Land border screenings are also taking place on the border with Nepal which confirmed its first case of the coronavirus last Friday.
China's efforts to halt the virus have included an extension of the Lunar New Year holiday, and the closure of all schools and universities. The first flight landed on January 29 and at least one more is expected in coming days.
In many Chinese cities, streets were largely deserted.
"I have no choice because I need to buy food".
"Although the numbers outside China are still relatively small, they hold the potential for a much larger outbreak", he said.
China's football body meanwhile said it was postponing "all levels and all types of football matches across the country", including the country's top-tier Chinese Super League, in response to the outbreak. Officials believe this is the first case of person-to-person transmission outside of China.
It has triggered fears in part due to its striking similarity to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak of 2002 to 2003, which also began in China and eventually killed almost 800 people worldwide.