"As of midnight on February 14 [16:00 GMT Thursday], the National Health Commission received information about 66,492 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 56,873 now ill people".
A total of 221 new confirmed cases were reported on Friday outside Hubei, the commission said. Employees must wear masks all day and report their temperature twice a day.
Among the deaths, 139 were in Hubei Province, two in Henan and one in Beijing and Chongqing respectively, the commission said.
"There still remained 56,873 confirmed cases (including 11,053 in serious condition) and 8,969 suspected cases".
More medical workers and supplies from many parts of the country are arriving in Wuhan to support the local people in the fight against novel coronavirus.
Hubei added nearly 14,000 cases in a single day this week after officials there started counting people clinically diagnosed through lung imaging, in addition to those with a positive lab test result.
Hubei province, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, now includes cases based on a physician's diagnosis before they have been confirmed by lab tests.
More than 66,000 people have now been infected, with most deaths occurring in Hubei.
BEIJING, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply.
Several countries have banned arrivals from China and major airlines have cut services with the country.
"All those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days", Beijing's virus prevention working group said in a notice the newspaper cited.
The Health Commission of China stated that yesterday i.e. on Friday, 849 sufferers grew to become significantly in poor health, whereas 1,373 folks have been discharged from the hospital.