The ministry, which sent a team to the coastal city, held an emergency meeting Wednesday on prevention efforts for the new coronavirus, it said in a website post. The move comes as Japan’s health ministry said a man who had been in Wuhan tested positive for the new coronavirus on Wednesday night.

There’s growing concern in central China after a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia has been linked to a new coronavirus, a family of bugs responsible for diseases that range in severity from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

The outbreak in Wuhan, a city of 11 million, has left dozens of people hospitalized -- a handful in serious condition. The first patient developed symptoms Dec. 12. At least six patients were discharged with one fatality reported.

By Mai Ngoc Chau - Bloomberg - January 16, 2020