The World Health Organization (WHO) says coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province.
The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218.
According to the WHO, there was also no major shift in the coronavirus' pattern of mortality or severity.
Hubei recorded 242 deaths on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
There was also a huge increase in cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed but most of this was down to Hubei using a broader definition to diagnose people.
Outside China there have been two deaths and 447 cases in 24 countries.
Japan today announced its first coronavirus death - a woman in her 80s who lived in Kanagawa, south-west of Tokyo.