Provincial health officials reported 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths on February 16, the lowest daily death count since February 11.
- Hubei Province reported 1,933 new confirmed cases and 100 new deaths Sunday.
On Thursday, Hubei changed how it recognized COVID-19 cases, accepting a doctor's diagnosis rather than waiting for confirmed laboratory test results, in order to treat patients faster.
The latest cause of concern, however, has been the death of people with no travel history to China.
Global professionals have arrived in Beijing and started meeting with their Chinese counterparts in excess of the epidemic, Tedros stated on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned it is "impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take".
Increased medical support and preventive measures in Hubei had headed off more critical cases, and the proportion of critical cases among confirmed cases had fallen to 21.6 per cent on Saturday, from 32.4 per cent on Jan 27, Mr Mi said.
"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak", he added.
Many public places are in a virtual freeze in China.
Hubei announced on Sunday that it would further tighten traffic restrictions in order to try and curb the outbreak.
Local authorities elsewhere in China have also introduced measures to try and stop the virus spreading. Japan reported the most number with 355 on the cruise ship and 59 on land, followed by Singapore with 75 confirmed cases.
A top U.S. health official on Sunday said 40 Americans from the ship have become infected and would be treated in Japan.
However, it also opened Mr Xi up to criticism over why the public was not alerted sooner.
The virus spread last month as millions travelled across China for the Lunar New Year holiday, which was extended to try to prevent more infections.
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In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Ratings agency Moody's revised downward GDP growth forecasts for China to 5.2% in 2020.