It is understood that the third person in the United Kingdom who was diagnosed with coronavirus caught it in Singapore.
He is believed to have tested positive for the virus in Brighton before being taken to London hospital.
The government is now telling travelers arriving in the UK from a total of nine Asian countries and territories to check for symptoms.
It is recommended to stay home and call the NHS if they are sick and have flown home in the past 14 days.
The initial council covered only mainland China, but now also includes:
Republic of Korea
Anyone returning from a location with symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath in the past two weeks should remain at home and call SSN 111.
The Department of Health said they should do it “even if the symptoms are mild” and added: “These countries have been identified due to the volume of air travel from the affected areas, the understanding of other travel routes and the number of cases. reported. Stay under review. ”
It is understood that the new UK patient is a middle-aged man who has been isolated from his home, tested positive and was taken to St. Thomas’s Hospital in central London, where he is being treated at a unit. specializing in infectious diseases. It had previously been reported that he was at Guy Hospital in the city.
It is the first case in the UK where the virus has contracted outside mainland China.
The NHS is “well prepared” for handling cases, said Professor Chris Whitty, medical director of England. He added: “We are now working quickly to identify any contact the patient has had.”
There have been over 28,000 cases worldwide.
Of them, 565 people died, but only two died outside mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom has warned against “panic” and “exaggerated reaction” in response to the virus.
Two other patients, both Chinese nationals, are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s infectious disease center in Newcastle.
Patients, a University of York student and one of their relatives, tested positive for the virus after falling ill in a hotel in York.
The University of Sussex, which has a campus on the outskirts of Brighton, said in a statement that the new case was not a student or a university staff member.