As worldwide authorities tried to stop the virus from becoming a global pandemic, China's Vice Science and Technology Minister, Xu Nanping, said its earliest vaccine would be submitted for clinical trials around late April.
The province also reported 411 new confirmed cases of the disease during the same period, from 349 cases the day before, and reversing three days of decline.
Late Thursday, B.C. health officials reported the province's sixth case of the disease, in a woman who had never visited China.
The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised residents to stay indoors, while access to a major USA base in the area has been restricted. This led to a sacking spree of officials in almost a dozen prisons and the justice department, state-run Global Times reported.
Australia now has 17 cases of coronavirus, though several dozens citizens remain on the Diamond Princess in Japan after contracting the disease while on the cruise ship.
AMERICA: The United States, which confirmed one new case of the virus and raised the total to 16 cases, issued a new travel advisory for Japan, encouraging people not to travel there for the meantime.
Smartphone displays with higher refresh rates to become mainstream
Using your Samsung phone , you can now copy text and then use your Windows computer to paste the text (or vice versa). The UTG glass is claimed to be produced "using an intensifying process to enhance its flexibility and durability".
Molecular test to confirm SARS-CoV-2 positive case has proven to be a challenge as the test does not have high sensitivity and hence returns many false negative cases.
While news from China, where the number of new cases each day is slowing, gives hope, other countries are reporting ballooning numbers.
"If such large number of students come back, this will cost huge health operations for the Pakistani government". He said that the situation in Hubei, the worst-hit province, was still serious.
Chinese officials said this week that their drastic containment efforts, including quarantining tens of millions of people in Hubei and restricting movements in other cities nationwide, have started to pay off.
To date, 25 other countries have reported 1,076 cases to World Health Organization, including five in the latest affected, Iran, he said.
Globally, more than 76,000 people have been infected in 27 countries, and more than 2,200 have died.
In hard-hit South Korea, more than 120 members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu, have now been infected. There was a second death in Hong Kong Wednesday.
President Moon Jae-in, who held a round table discussion with small businesses Friday, called the spread of the virus "very grave" and said South Korea would "fully mobilize" financial and budgetary measures to help the economy weather the impact of the outbreak.