Germany, Canada and Sri Lanka announced their first infections on Monday, bringing the total number of countries with confirmed cases to 15.
With global concern mounting, governments around the world have started to try and quickly build defences.
The United States, Turkey and Germany have urged their citizens to “reconsider” all travel to China.
Landlocked Mongolia — which is heavily dependent on trade with China — took the drastic step of closing the border with its huge neighbour to cars, as well as shutting down school and large gatherings.
Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines have also announced tighter visa restrictions for people coming from China.
The World Health Organization last week stopped short of declaring the outbreak a global emergency, which could have prompted a more aggressive international response such as travel restrictions.
But it now says it erred in originally calling the virus’ worldwide threat “moderate”, upgrading that late Sunday to “high.”
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is now in Beijing for talks with Chinese officials on the crisis.
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