To ensure timely treatment for more patients and further curb the spread of the virus, Hubei regards those with pneumonia-related computerized tomography scan results but not yet tested positive for the virus as confirmed cases.
Swartz said that "at this time we do not know, and have no control over, the order in which the Japanese Ministry of Health will test guests", warning that those who have had close contact with someone positive for the virus may have to restart their quarantine, counting from the day of last contact with the virus-positive individual.
Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Britain's University of Oxford, said that with almost 50 cases in Europe, a death was not surprising, but there still had not been "sustained person-to-person transmission in Europe".
Outside of hardest-hit Hubei, the number of new cases has been declining and a spokesman for China's national health authority said Sunday that the slowing figures were a sign the outbreak was being controlled.
Unnecessary public gatherings should also be halted, it said.
Thailand reports 34 confirmed cases, followed by South Korea with 29 cases, Malaysia with 22, Taiwan with 20, Germany with 16, Vietnam with 16, Australia with 15, the US with 15, France with 11, U.K. with 9, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 9, and Canada with 7 cases.
About 400 Americans aboard the cruise ship docked at Yokohama, near Tokyo, were told to decide whether to stay or take chartered aircraft arranged by the US government to fly them home, where they would face another 14-day quarantine.
Some 3,700 passengers and crew have been held on board the Diamond Princess since February 3.
Orange Weather Warning given for Limerick
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the United Kingdom on Sunday February 9, 2020. Deluges are forecast today with officials warning of a " perfect storm " as Storm Dennis sweeps the country.
"No symptomatic or infected passengers will be allowed to board", it said. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
In another development a Communist Party outlet published an internal speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping, dated 7 January.
Extended closures of factories and businesses prevented a flood of travel after the Lunar New Year holiday, normally the Chinese industry's busiest season, officials said at a news conference. It is the largest outbreak of the virus outside of mainland China.
"We believe there will be no peak passenger flow for return journeys", said Liu. Ratings agency Moody's revised downward GDP growth forecasts for China to 5.2% in 2020.
The state-owned banking industry has provided more than 537 billion yuan ($77 billion) in credit to industries such as retail, catering and tourism that have been hurt most, according to Liang Tao, vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.
To reduce the infection rates among the health workers, China has rolled out more measures on Friday to protect those working at the forefront of fighting the novel epidemic.
"Some of the rhetoric for me has not been helpful, not been helpful at all".
China's health system is "overloaded, inefficient, expensive and chaotic", she added.