The World Health Organisation says it has reports that the Wuhan virus outbreak has spread outside of China.
The UN health agency said a person travelling from Wuhan had been admitted to hospital in Thailand on January 8 after being diagnosed with mild pneumonia.
Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: "Laboratory testing subsequently confirmed that the novel coronavirus was the cause." Thai health officials said the patient is recovering.
The WHO said it might soon host an emergency meeting on the spread of the new virus.
The case marks the first outside of China, where 41 people have so far been diagnosed with the new virus in the central city of Wuhan, with one of the victims dying last week.
The episode has caused alarm due to the spectre of Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), which killed hundreds of people in mainland China and Hong Kong.
The WHO has confirmed that the outbreak in China has been caused by a previously unknown type of corona virus, a broad family ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Sars.
Here in Hong Kong, the number of suspected cases is now up to 68. The latest patient is a 38-year-old woman. She's in stable condition in Princess Margaret Hospital. (AFP)