The man had been visiting family in China’s Wuhan province, which is the epicentre of the terrifying outbreak.
Mr Morrison said the government will be raising the level of travel advice for Wuhan City to level 2 — which means travellers should “exercise a high degree of caution”.
A Queensland Health spokesman said the man had recently returned from Central China with a respiratory illness.
“Because the man travelled to Wuhan, Coronavirus is one of the conditions he is being tested for,” he said. “The man will remain in isolation until his symptoms have resolved.
“We urge anyone who has developed any respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel to Wuhan to see their GP immediately.”
The state’s health department hopes to have the test results within a few days, the Courier-Mail reports.
The number of cases of “2019-nCoV”, which causes a type of pneumonia, has surpassed 220 across the globe and authorities are concerned it could spread quickly.
Chief Health Officer Brendan Murphy said the risk to Australia was low but three direct flights from Wuhan to Sydney will be met by border security, biosecurity and NSW Health staff in response to the “rapidly emerging situation”.
International airports are screening passengers for the mysterious SARS-like disease that has been confirmed as passing from human-to-human and has also jumped China’s borders.
We urge anyone who has developed any respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel to Wuhan to see their GP immediately.
Queensland Health Spokesman
A video has been shared widely on Twitter showing people on a domestic flight out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan having their temperature taken one-by-one by people in protective suits.
Many of the initial cases of the coronavirus were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, which was closed as authorities investigated.
The virus has spread around China while other international cases, all involving recent travel, have been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea and Japan.