More than half of the cases come from the Hubei province, where Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, is located.
A so-called superspreader infected at least 37 people at her church with the new coronavirus, and dozens of additional worshippers are also showing symptoms of the disease, called COVID-19, according to news reports. As a result, Kuwait Airways has suspended flights to Iran.
But clusters and outbreaks continue to emerge, and 11 people have now died outside mainland China. A 61-year-old woman who tested positive on February 18 attended the church before she was diagnosed, officials said.
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 U.S. base in the area has been restricted.
Media footage showed the few people on Daegu's usually bustling downtown streets wore face masks and kept far apart.
Outside the Shincheonji church in the city, Seo Dong-min, 24, told AFP: "With so many confirmed cases here I'm anxious that Daegu will become the second Wuhan", referring to the Chinese city where the virus first emerged.
Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the virus said it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily than previously believed.
The Shilifeng Prison in the city of Quzhou has been closed off, and every patient is receiving medical treatment, according to the briefing.
Japan documented the fatalities of two aged travellers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship on Thursday, the initially fatalities from aboard the ship where by more than 630 instances account for the largest cluster of an infection outside China. "Our efforts until now had been focused on blocking the illness from entering the country".
Two days before being tested because he was feeling sick, the police officer had a meal with the 59 other officers at a restaurant in Hong Kong.
"Travel in and around Daegu is highly discouraged unless absolutely necessary", the garrison said Thursday in a Facebook post.
Workers spray disinfectant outside the Shincheonji church in the South Korean city of Daegu after members fell ill with the novel coronavirus
"If we don't hit hard now using the window of opportunity we might be faced with a serious problem", he said.
"This virus is very unsafe and it's public enemy number one and it´s not being treated as such".
China reported 118 more deaths Friday, raising the toll to 2,236, majority in Hubei.
The National Health Commission also said in its daily update that China tallied 889 new cases.
"At this stage, the government judged that COVID-19 is spreading locally with a limited scope", Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip was quoted as saying by Yonhap News.
Part of the hospital had been under lockdown already after nine cases had appeared earlier this month.
"North Korea has no capability or will to run quarantine facilities and isolate patients", he said.
The discovery could dash hopes of a return to normality in the capital.
Fiscal policy in China will be more proactive, monetary policy will be more flexible, and the government will fend off systemic financial risks, it added. "It is risk-free to say the charge will be extremely significantly", said China's United Nations ambassador Chen, adding that masks, protective equipment and respiratory equipment are necessary.
Another 34 cases have been found at a prison in eastern Zhejiang province, leading to the ouster of its director and another official.
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