However, he emphasised caution, saying it was "far too early today to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic". As of Thursday afternoon, Hubei had reported 48,206 infections and 1,310 deaths.
Hundreds of military medics will descend on coronavirus-stricken Wuhan to help tackle the epidemic as the number of confirmed cases worldwide surpasses 60,000, with the death toll leaping over 1,300.
In breaking down the large number of new cases in China, National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said Hubei at the epicenter had adopted a revised diagnosis and treatment plan aimed at accelerating the identification and treatment of virus cases.
But it has begun using quicker computerised tomography (CT) scans, which reveal lung infections, the Hubei health commission said, to confirm virus cases and isolate them faster.
It also said it had revised its old data and suspected cases. The city of 11 million people remains under virtual lockdown, and other major Chinese cities are facing severe travel restrictions.
"The stabilization in cases in the last number of days is very reassuring and it is to a great extent the result of the huge public health operation in China", he said.
It was "an example of the global solidarity we have consistently been calling for", he said.
Hubei and Wuhan officials held important political meetings in the first weeks of January.
Among the deaths, 242 were in Hubei, said Mi, adding that the other deaths included two in Henan, and one in Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, respectively.
"It is not clear if the problem up to now, on this issue, was lack of transparency or simply bad medical practice", Crane said.
Jiang Chaoliang removed as Hubei secretary.
"We have reported the epidemic information to the World Health Organization, the relevant countries, and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions as soon as it is available, shared the genetic sequences of the virus, actively communicated with other countries in order to come up with responses", he said.
United Airlines extended its China flight cancellations into late April. Even before now, epidemiological information from China has been incomplete, and in any event, outbreaks like this one may advance fitfully, receding and then roaring back.
As he was speaking, organisers announced the cancellation of the 2020 Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona this month, due to "global concern" over the infection.
Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix, which was supposed to take place in Shanghai, has been postponed.
And this week's Singapore Air Show - Asia's biggest - was badly hit by exhibitors withdrawing and low attendance.
U.S. planemaker Boeing warned that there was "no question" the outbreak would hammer the aviation industry and the broader economy.
In order to curb the epidemic, China has said that it would stagger the return of children to schools.