There are 15 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Vietnam, five of them in Son Loi commune, about 40 km from the capital, Hanoi.
The grim new tally came a day after China had reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing's senior medical adviser for the outbreak to end by April.
The Central Committee said Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei's party secretary since 2016, has been removed from his post, and will be replaced by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong.
The total deaths from the more than 2-month-old outbreak stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804.
The deadly disease has so far killed more than 1,100 people with infected nearly 60,000, mostly in China.
"One further patient in England has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the United Kingdom to nine", Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said in a statement.
(From left) World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme head Michael Ryan, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Chair of Emergency Committee on Ebola Robert Steffen attend a combined news conference following as two-day global conference on COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine research and a meeting to decide whether Ebola in DR Congo still constitutes health emergency of worldwide concern on January 12, 2020 in Geneva.
"In Singapore, we are at the beginning of the outbreak". Hundreds of infections have been reported in more than 20 countries, but only two people have died from COVID-19 outside of China to date. Experts said the declines were promising signals that China's lockdown of tens of millions of people may be working to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
"We have a window of opportunity to shut this virus down", Michael Ryan, head of the WHO health emergencies department, told reporters in Geneva.
Another 44 people aboard a cruise ship that has been quarantined for over a week in Japan's Yokohama harbor tested positive for coronavirus Thursday, Japanese health officials said.
The ship spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand.