Mainland China on Sunday reported 2,009 new coronavirus infections, with 142 new deaths, taking its totals to to 68,500 and 1,665 respectively.
The numbers, for Saturday, included 139 deaths in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak - the same as the previous day. The central province also accounted for 1,843 of the newly confirmed cases, with 1,548 of those in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the outbreak was believed to have started at a seafood and meat market in December.
Hubei's new infections - down from the previous day, when it reported 2,420 - took its total to 56,249, with 1,596 deaths. The province had on Thursday begun including cases identified by clinical diagnosis, having previously counted only positive results from test kits, which have been in short supply.
On Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged countries to adopt a government-wide response to the coronavirus.
"This is not a job for health ministers alone. It takes a whole-of-government approach," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference. "That approach must be coherent and coordinated, guided by evidence and public health priorities."
The WHO chief again praised China, saying the steps taken by the Beijing government were encouraging.
"China has bought the world time. We don't know how much time," he said. "We're encouraged that outside China, we have not yet seen widespread community transmission."
Outside China, the death toll attributable to the virus remained at four as of Saturday.
Additional reporting by Bloomberg
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