The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says the risk of the coronavirus outbreak coming to Ireland is "moderate to low."
Officials in China say the death toll has risen to 25, with 830 confirmed cases.
Health officials in the North expect to get test results back later on a patient being examined for the deadly virus at a Belfast hospital.
The man entered the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast yesterday after presenting with symptoms of the illness.
Dr. John Cuddihy - Director of the HPSC - says the fact that there are no direct flights from
It's thought the man being tested in Belfast may have recently returned to Northern Ireland from an affected area in China.
Former Stormont Health Minister Jim Wells wants anyone who travelled from the region to be examined.