Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases were confirmed, reports BBC.Australia plans to quarantine its 600 returning citizens for two weeks on Christmas Island - some 2,000km (1,200 miles) from the mainland.
Japan, the US and the EU are also repatriating their citizens.
The number of deaths from the virus has risen to 132 in China, the NHC said on Wednesday.
It causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine. A number of people, however, have recovered after treatment.
Meanwhile, British Airways has suspended all flights to Shanghai and Beijing.
Some 200 Japanese nationals have been flown from Wuhan.According to Japanese media, several of the returnees were suffering from fever or coughs.
They will be tested in a quarantine ward before they can go home.
Also on Wednesday, 240 Americans - including workers the local US consulate - left the city.
The UK Foreign Office is arranging to evacuate some 200 British people who wanted to leave the area.