Of the deaths, 34 were in the province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan and the epicenter of the outbreak. The global death toll was over 2,800 and the disease made its first worrying appearance in sub-Saharan Africa.
South Korea has the most cases outside China, with almost 3,000 infections as 594 more patients were reported on Saturday - the country's biggest increase to date.
Meanwhile in the USA, health officials reported three more cases of the new coronavirus transmitted to people who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, indicating the disease was spreading in the country. While about 36,000 of those people have recovered, fast-growing outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran - along with the first case confirmed in Nigeria - show the battle to contain the virus is still in its early stages.
WHO has already declared it as a world health public emergency.
Mr Hancock has said the long-term strategy for ensuring Covid-19 is contained is attempting to delay its "peak" until the summer when the warmer weather means the virus will not spread so easily.
Iran is preparing for the possibility of "tens of thousands" of people getting tested for the virus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday, an official said.
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The National Health Commission made the announcement on Saturday.
Many cases of the virus have been relatively mild, and some of those infected apparently show no symptoms at all.
"Let me be very clear, and I'm sure the physicians who are up here will reflect this as well, the average American does not need to go out and buy a mask", Pence said, adding that medical patients and health care staff would get prioritized. The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci reportedly said that the fatality rate in US could reach the same level as in China because there is no vaccine or cure available as of yet.
Local transmission of the illness is now taking place in China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Croatia, Thailand, Iran, UAE, US, and on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, the World Health Organization reported.
The number of confirmed cases in the United Kingdom reached 20.
Facing the severe challenge of the epidemic, China has united its people as one and adopted swift and effective measures, which have gradually achieved positive results, noted the Cuban leader.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recommended that a meeting March 9 where about 10,000 people are to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a U.N. conference on women's rights be drastically scaled back because of the spread of COVID-19. The CDC is sending a team of epidemiologists to King County to support our efforts to identify, isolate and test all of those who may be at risk because of these new cases.