- The surge came a day after China reported its lowest number of new cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing's senior medical adviser that the epidemic will end by April.
In a study published in the journal Lancet, Chinese scientists reported there is no evidence so far to suggest the virus can be passed from mother to baby. The Dow industrials, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit new highs, and Asian shares nudged higher on Wednesday.
WHO, which has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency, further stated that it poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world" and should be viewed as "Public Enemy Number 1".
"It has spread to other places where it's the beginning of the outbreak", the official, Dale Fisher, head of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization, said in an interview in Singapore.
Singapore has reported 47 cases and worry about the spread is growing.
Hong Kong has confirmed 49 cases in the current outbreak. Meanwhile, there were 393 confirmed cases in 24 countries with one death recorded outside China.
After naming the virus as "COVID-19", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease".
Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113, while more than 44,600 people have now been infected by the newly named Covid-19.
A salesperson in the store's home appliance section was the first diagnosed on January 31, Xinhua said, and a series of cases followed.
The jump raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of nationwide infections to almost 60,000 - just hours after President Xi Jinping touted "positive results" from the government's drastic measures to contain the virus and a top Chinese expert predicted the epidemic would peak this month.
But doubts have been aired on social media about how reliable the figures are, after the government last week amended guidelines on the classification of cases.
The two more British passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship brings the total number of Britons infected on the ship to three.
"We have to stop more people from being infected", he said.
In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a police officer operates a drone carrying a QR code placard near an expressway toll station in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province.
Thai health authorities have barred a cruise ship from docking that has already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan out of concern over a new virus, although no cases have been confirmed on board.
"Just seeing land was such a breathtaking moment", Angela Jones, an American tourist on the ship, told Reuters. "But each day, that becomes a little bit more hard, when country after country rejects us". He added that a quarantine official had also been infected.
The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday. To break it down, the "CO " stands for coronavirus, the "VI" for virus, and the "D" for disease.
Dozens of low-level health officials across the country have also lost their jobs for failing to contain the epidemic, which is believed to have emerged from a market in Wuhan where wildlife was traded illegally.
The crossing of more grim thresholds has dimmed optimism that the near-quarantine of some 60 million people and other disease-control measures are working.