The virus has now infected 62 people in Wuhan, city authorities said, with eight in a severe condition, 19 cured and discharged from hospital, and the rest remaining in isolation receiving treatment.
State broadcaster CCTV reported that Xi said "the safety of people's lives and their physical health should be given top priority", as the virus fuelled fears of a major outbreak during the Lunar New Year migration this week.
A Queensland Health spokesperson said man had recently returned from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, believed to be the epicentre of an outbreak of coronavirus, which has infected a total of 218 people and caused at least four deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) which issues alerts and advisories on outbreaks and epidemics to governments, stated in its website that “Novel Coronavirus is a new strain of the large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from common cold to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”
Public is warned against a worldwide virus outbreak that goes by the name of ‘Emotet’ which is a malicious system that spreads malware and infects users through its bulk spam email campaigns containing harmful links to users.
Most European and US markets followed Asia lower after Hong Kong slumped 2.8 per cent by the close and Shanghai ended with a loss of 1.4 per cent.
The patient, a 52-year-old woman, was a tourist from Wuhan and reported to a local hospital on Tuesday afternoon, it said.
China says the number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 and the death toll to 9. All the deaths had been in Hubei province, home to Wuhan city where the first illnesses from coronavirus were reported in late December.
More than 570 people have been infected with the coronavirus across China and Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, has been placed under effective quarantine.