"Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, keep it in your handkerchief, that's the message," Jacob Rees-Mogg said to reporters as he arrived in central London, adding, "Wash your hands to the national anthem."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (March 2) that the country needed to be prepared for the new coronavirus to spread further.
"I think it's very important to stress that this is a problem that is likely to become more significant for this country in the course of the next days and weeks," Johnson said.
"We'll be making every possible preparation for that and this country is very, very well prepared."
The United Kingdom so far has 36 confirmed novel coronavirus cases. Johnson said the government would announce its main action plan for responding to the outbreak on Tuesday (March 3).