In Hubei, where tens of millions of people are trapped as part of an unprecedented quarantine effort, 242 new deaths were reported on Thursday.
China has handled the new coronavirus outbreak in a transparent and "highly responsible" way, the country's United Nations ambassador said Wednesday, after criticism that local authorities did not react quickly enough.
Using quicker CT scans that reveal lung infections would help patients receive treatment as soon as possible and improve their chances of recovery, the Hubei health commission said.
China's Communist Party on Thursday fired several senior officials in Hubei province, the center of the new coronavirus outbreak. In order to be consistent with the classification of case diagnosis issued by other provinces across the country, starting today, Hubei Province will include the number of clinically diagnosed cases into the number of confirmed cases for publication.
More than 44,000 confirmed cases of the new virus have been reported worldwide, including 393 outside of China, in two dozen countries.
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There have been more than 500 infections in nearly 30 countries and territories outside mainland China, including two deaths.
"This outbreak could still go in any direction", WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus warned.
The country's National Health Commission said 2,015 new cases were counted on Tuesday, the second straight daily decline and down from almost 3,900 a week ago.
A cruise ship that was turned away elsewhere over virus fears has anchored off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew.
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The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, with 175 of about 3,700 people on board having tested positive.
By the end of Tuesday, 49 confirmed cases, including one death, have been reported in Hong Kong, 10 confirmed cases in Macao and 18 in Taiwan.
The jump in cases comes after reports out of the country indicated that the virus may have leveled off. By Wednesday, officials reported that 174 people on the ship tested positive for covid-19.
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The GSMA, which organizes the annual show, set for Barcelona, said it was cancelled due to "the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances".
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