Coronavirus case under watch

The Department of Health is monitoring a novel coronavirus infection confirmed by the UK's Health Protection Agency.

The patient, a UK resident, does not have any recent travel history, and is recovering from a mild respiratory illness and is currently well.

This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 12, of which four have been diagnosed in the UK.

The department said, according to the World Health Organisation, although this new case indicates further person-to-person transmission, no sustained person-to-person transmission has been identified.

The centre will seek more information on the recent cases of the illness and monitor related developments.

It said no human infection has been identified so far in Hong Kong.

Travellers returning from novel coronavirus affected countries with respiratory symptoms should wear a facial mask and seek medical attention and reveal their travel history to their doctor.