China's latest official figures released on Tuesday put the overall death toll at 1,868 and 72,436 infections.
China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, reported 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths on february 16, the local health authority said on Monday. By Tuesday, 62 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in Hong Kong, 10 confirmed cases in Macao and 22 in Taiwan including one death.
While deaths on the mainland exceeded 2,000, for the first time the number of recovered patients discharged from hospitals was greater than new cases reported.
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) emergencies programme chief Mike Ryan said China had success with "putting out the fire" in Hubei, and in ensuring people returning to Beijing from the Chinese New Year holiday were monitored. She was among a group of Australians getting off to catch an evacuation flight back to 14 days of quarantine in the city of Darwin.
China's central Hubei province had 349 new confirmed circumstances of coronavirus on Wednesday, the province's well being fee mentioned on Thursday, down from 1,693 a day earlier and the lowest since January 25.
"This must be taken seriously", said Wang Zhonglin, the city's newly minted Communist Party secretary, adding that "if a single new case is found" after Wednesday "the district leaders will be held responsible".
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an global health emergency.
The outbreak on the liner, owned by Carnival Corp, resulted in the biggest concentration of new coronavirus infections outside China despite more than two weeks of quarantine for its approximately 3700 passengers and crew on board. He had a fever and tested positive for the virus, dying a week later.
It shows that with the implementation of various prevention and control measures and the strengthening of incoming medical support, the epidemic situation in Hubei has been brought under control and the recovery rate has continuously improved, said Mi.
The scientists also suspect that the virus may have jumped from animals at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan to humans at several times in the past. While more than 74 thousand people are infected by it.
Japan has 518 confirmed cases, including the 454 from the cruise ship, and one death from the virus.
The much-criticized quarantine of a cruise ship in Japan to avoid spreading the virus ended, with hundreds of passengers beginning to leave the ship.
However, all the cases were diagnosed clinically and investigated by trained epidemiologists, they said.
South Korea evacuated six South Koreans and a Japanese family member from the ship, and they began an additional 14-day quarantine on Wednesday.