Hubei, the Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, reported 4,823 additional confirmed cases for Thursday, according to a statement from Hubei's health commission.
It was the 10th straight day that the number of daily new confirmed cases in the country fell, excluding Hubei.
They are treating the newly reported cases as adjacent to the normal count, which on Thursday tallied 1,820 newly confirmed cases in mainland China, for a total of more than 46,550.
Some 55,748 people are being treated, while 1,380 people have died of the virus that emerged in December in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei.
On Thursday, following the release of the new figures, Chinese state media announced that the party secretary of Hubei province, Jiang Chaoliang, was sacked and would be replaced by the mayor of Shanghai, Ying Yong.
Japan reported its first death Thursday.
As of Friday, the number of reported cases outside of China were Japan (203), Hong Kong (53), Singapore (50), Thailand (33), South Korea (28), Taiwan (18), Malaysia (18), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), the U.S. (14), France (11), Macau (10), the United Kingdom (nine), the UAE (eight), Canada (seven), India (three), the Philippines (three), Italy (three), Russian Federation (two), Spain (two), Cambodia (one), Finland (one), Nepal (one), Sri Lanka (one), Sweden (one) and Belgium (one), according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
China's national health commission is expected to provide an update on countrywide infections shortly.
"Investors will surely avoid Asia for the time being and will shift funds to the USA, geographically the most separated from the region", said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.
A CCTV reporter stands near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, February 13, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.
Another cruise ship, the Westerdam, finally anchored Thursday off Cambodia after being turned away by several Asian and Pacific governments.
Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to let the Westerdam dock after Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam barred the ship over fears it might spread a virus.
"My wife and I gave him some chocolates as a show of our appreciation", Lou Poandel, a tourist from New Jersey, told Reuters after he disembarked and met the Cambodian leader. The student, a man in his 20s, remains isolated in his off-campus housing and is being monitored by public health nurses, according to officials.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has had an "open and transparent attitude" with the global community since the start of the epidemic.
It has spread to more than 20 other countries including the USA, the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.
Economists are scaling back growth expectations for the world's second-largest economy as they assess the impact of the outbreak.
After the extended Lunar New Year holiday, many migrant workers may still be stuck in their hometowns, far from their factories.