India, Jan. 15 -- About 41 people in Wuhan were infected with the virus that was traced to a seafood market

The World Health Organization (WHO) seemed to be preparing for a big outbreak of a novel coronavirus. It has issued guidelines for hospitals across the world, even as footprint of the virus has expanded to Japan and Thailand from China.

A 30-year-old resident of Kanagawa prefecture was hospitalised on January 10, 2020 after he returned from China's Wuhan on January 6. He was discharged after five days, Japan's health ministry said on January 16.

Also, a 61-year-old Chinese woman reportedly had symptoms of the virus at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. She was discharged after being kept in isolation for some time.