The new study reports on 44,672 cases confirmed in China as of February 11.
About 14% of the illnesses were severe, which included pneumonia and shortness of breath, and about 5% have critical disease, marked by respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure.
The outbreak has had profound impacts on everyday life and the economy in China, with major cities in the worst-hit Hubei under lockdown to prevent the virus' spread.
Almost 72,500 people nationwide have been infected by the new COVID-19 strain of the virus, which first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic.
A day earlier, Dr. Michael Fauci of the U.S. National Institutes of Health said the outbreak of COVID-19 is on the brink of becoming a pandemic. The number rebounded a bit on Sunday, but is overall still on the decline.
Dr. Tedros said the data suggests that the COVID-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses including SARS and MERS.
"Trends can change as new populations are affected". "It's too early to tell if this reported decline will continue". Scientists need more research to understand why so few cases of the disease have been in children, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference Monday. He added that the global expert team is now on the ground in China to answer more questions and to get an even clearer picture of the outbreak.
China's National Health Commission today reported 2,048 new cases, a slight increase from the 2,009 it reported yesterday. The death rate for those confirmed cases has been 2.3 percent - 2.8 percent for males versus 1.7 percent for females.
The number of new daily infections in mainland China had not been below 2,000 since January 30, while the daily death toll had not fallen below 100 since February 11.
A total of 12,552 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery. Taiwan's Central News Agency, citing health minister Chen Shih-chung, said the man who died was in his 60s and had not traveled overseas recently and had no known contact with virus patients.
Holland America Line said it is working with governments and health experts to track passengers who disembarked from its Westerdam cruise ship docked in Cambodia after an American woman tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia. They were moved to a specialized part of the aircraft and isolated according to standard protocol.
Chinese health authorities stated that they have received reports of 1,886 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 98 deaths on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
Travel to and from the worst-hit central China region was associated with the initial cases of COVID-19 confirmed overseas. The infection brings the UAE's total to 9, of whom 3 have recovered and 6 are still receiving treatment, 1 of them in an intensive care unit.