NOVEL CORONAVIRUS cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
According to the BBC, the only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218.
There was also no major shift in the coronavirus’s pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO.
Hubei recorded 242 deaths on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
According to Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, 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.
He said, “This does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak.”