Chinese authorities will on April 8 lift the months-long lockdown in the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated. But fears persist over a second wave of infections fuelled by people arriving from overseas.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the hardest hit by the virus, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that young people were also vulnerable.
With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people across EU and Turkey are heeding official calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organisation is the best positioned to initiate a joint effort, but it says member states are not forthcoming with data.
"It might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!" says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Twitter.
At least 3,012 people have now died nationwide in the outbreak that first emerged in the central city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, in December.
The number of countries hit by coronavirus climbed past 60, and the death toll worldwide reached at least 3,000.
Death toll from coronavirus rises to 34, five more than a day earlier, officials say, as government prepares to boost spending to help fragile economy as cases rise to nearly 1,700.
A surge of infections in South Korea and Italy, and an alarming rise in the death toll in Iran over the weekend, triggered steep falls in Asian share markets and Wall Street stock futures on Monday as investors fled to safe havens such as gold.
The vast majority of the deaths were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December, according to a daily update from the Hubei health commission.
The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China had reached 2,118 as of the end of Wednesday, up by 114 from the previous day.
China's biggest political meeting of the year is scheduled in March and the standing committee for National People's Congress is seeking its delay. Meanwhile, health officials are urging recovered patients to donate blood for treating critically ill.
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