The scale of the epidemic increased significantly this week after authorities in Hubei changed their criteria for qualifying cases, adding thousands of new patients to their province's figures.
The death toll from China's virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday with six medical workers among the victims, underscoring the country's struggle to contain a deepening health crisis.
"Particular attention will be paid to understanding the transmission of the virus, the severity of the disease and the impact of ongoing response measures", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
A top Chinese official, in an interview with Reuters, acknowledged that coronavirus was a huge challenge, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic and lashed out at the "overreaction" of some countries.
The official Beijing Daily newspaper said people failing to obey government orders to quarantine themselves on return from the holidays would be punished.
Those who don't comply could face legal action, the notice said.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets as they stepped off the ship. Those who have tested positive have been taken off the ship to hospital.
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On Friday, the Chinese government had highlighted the continued drop of coronavirus disease, officially termed by the World Health Organization as COVID-19, all over the country except in Hubei province.
The virus is believed to have emerged late a year ago at a seafood market in the city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.
The Vietnamese government ordered the lockdown of a village of 10,000 people Thursday, official media reported, making it the first country except China to impose a mass quarantine.
Checkpoints were set up around the commune, according to AFP reporters in a district on the outskirts of Son Loi.
Further confusion surfaced around a discrepancy of more than 1,000 cases between the Thursday and Friday reports. A total of 1,123 people in Wuhan have now died from the coronavirus.
Including the latest numbers from Hubei, the total number of cases in mainland China now exceeds 66,000, with more than 1,500 deaths.
Egypt reported its first case of the coronavirus on Friday, becoming the first country in the African continent to confirm a case, and the second in the Middle East region, after the United Arab Emirates diagnosed its first cases late last month. The person, along with other evacuated US citizens, arrived at an Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 7 aboard a State Department-chartered flight from China. World Rugby says the Singapore and Hong Kong rounds of the popular Sevens Series have been moved from April until October. Group tours were cancelled and businesspeople told to put off travel.
The death toll from the coronavirus is higher than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03, which is believed to have killed 774 people and sickened almost 8,100 in China and Hong Kong.