The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. Its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday appealed for $675m (£520m) to fund a three-month response plan.
The vast majority of the funds would go to nations that need help to protect against the virus. Some 500,000 masks and 40,000 respirators would be sent to 24 countries.
Ten more people on a quarantined ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total to 20. About 3,700 people on the ship are on lockdown after a previous passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive
Around 3,600 people onboard another cruise ship docked in Hong Kong have also been confined to the ship after three previous passengers were found to have the virus
Taiwan has banned all international cruise ships from docking at the island, says a Reuters report. It has also banned the entry of mainland residents.
A group of almost 350 Americans airlifted out from Wuhan have been placed under quarantine in two military bases in California
Chinese officials say they have stepped up efforts to control the outbreak, particularly in Hubei province where Wuhan is located. Two hospitals have been speedily built and 11 public venues transformed into makeshift wards.
Millions in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces have been told only one person per household can go outside every two days.