The update to China's criminal code was revealed by Beijing as the number of cases of infection with the new Covid-19 strain of coronavirus reached 71,000 worldwide, mostly in China, with around 1,800 deaths.
Worldwide experts, including those from the World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Beijing on Sunday and began meeting with their counterparts in China over the novel coronavirus pneumonia, the WHO said Sunday.
Liu, whose age is variously being reported as 50 or 51, was one of more than 1,700 medical workers who have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, according to China Daily.
"Today's numbers from China's national health commission show that the rate at which new cases reported outside Hubei province, where the epidemic has been concentrated, has dropped for two weeks".
He said that of those 505, 111 were not tested because at the time people who did not have a fever were not tested for the illness.
Germany and Vietnam have each confirmed 16 cases, with 15 cases in both Australia and the US.
CCDC academics also found 80.9 percent of infections were classified as mild, 13.8 percent as severe and only 4.7 percent as critical.
The Chinese study examined 44,672 cases of the disease that were confirmed in the mainland as of February 11.
A hospital director in Wuhan died from the illness on Tuesday.
The research has been cited by World Health Organization officials, who say the COVID-19 illness is "less deadly" than its cousins, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The driver's clients were largely from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, the minister said.
China said figures showing a slowdown in new cases in recent days show that aggressive steps it has taken to curb travel and commerce are slowing the spread of the disease beyond Hubei and the province's capital, Wuhan.
Other cities far from the epicenter have restricted the movements of residents, with a 14-day self-quarantine for people returning to Beijing.
Earlier this month Wuhan ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, who had been punished by authorities for sounding the alarm about the virus, also died.
Those most at risk were the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions.
The virus spread as millions of people crisscrossed the country for the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.
The researchers wrote: 'Compared with SARS-CoV, 2019-nCoV appears to be more readily transmitted from human to human.
By the end of Monday, 60 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 22 in Taiwan including one death.