The number of people killed in China by the virus rises to 26 and the number of confirmed global cases stands at more than 850.
The new strain of coronavirus has reached Europe after France confirmed three cases.
A 48-year-old man is being treated in a Bordeaux hospital in the southwest of the country after testing positive.
He had passed through the Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – before arriving in France on Wednesday.
Two other people are in hospital in Paris. They also travelled to China and are believed to belong to the same family.
Health minister Agnes Buzyn said France has developed a test doctors can use to quickly diagnose patients and this was one reason why it was the first European nation to confirm cases.
Ms Buzyn predicted there would probably be more positive tests in her country.
It comes as the United States announced a second case after a woman was found to have contracted the strain.
She is in her 60s and is being treated in a Chicago hospital where she is reportedly doing well. She had travelled to Wuhan in December before flying home to Illinois.
China announced today it is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in just six days to treat victims of the virus.
Work has started on the structure in Wuhan in the style of a facility Beijing constructed during the SARS epidemic 17 years ago.
Machinery including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers arrived at the site on Thursday night, with the aim of the hospital being operational by 3 February.
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CORONAVIRUS has reached Europe as France declared its first two cases of the deadly virus as it continues to spread across the globe.
Coronavirus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has now reached Europe as France confirm two cases. The first is being treated in the southwestern city of Bordeaux while the second has been hospitalised in Paris. French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said during a press conference these were the first two cases in Europe and added it was likely other cases would arise in the country.
It comes as the United States confirmed a second case of the virus, after a woman in Chicago, Illinois, was found to have contracted it.
The woman in her 60s is being treated in hospital and is understood to be doing well.
She had returned from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on January 13 and began experiencing symptoms a few days after arriving home.
She was then admitted to hospital and placed in isolation, health officials said.
At least 26 people have died in China as hundreds more have been made ill by the killer virus.
Cases have also been confirmed South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
China is currently in lockdown in a desperate attempt to curb the spread of the virus, with authorities shutting part of the Great Wall and suspending public transport in 10 cities.
Meanwhile people in the UK face ongoing tests for coronavirus as the Chief Medical Officer for England said there is a “fair chance” Britain will see cases emerge.
On Friday afternoon the UK Government announced 14 suspected cases had proven negative, but further people were still to be tested.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty, said: “I am working closely with the other UK chief medical officers.
“We all agree that the risk to the UK public remains low, but there may well be cases in the UK at some stage.
“We have tried and tested measures in place to respond. The UK is well-prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases.”
COBRA meeting earlier today about the government’s response to the virus should it be confirmed in Britain.
Upon emerging from the meeting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told media the clinical advice was that the risk to the public remains low.
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