So far the number of people killed in China by the virus has risen to 26 and the number confirmed globally is more than 850.
Now the deadly coronavirus has reached Europe with the first two confirmed cases in France.
Health officials have confirmed that a 48-year-old man is being treated in a Bordeaux hospital after testing positive.
He had passed through the Chinese city of Wuhan which is at the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak before arriving back in France on Wednesday.
A second person is being treated at a hospital in Paris and had also traveled to China.
Health minister Agnes Buzyn said France has developed a test where doctors can 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.