The deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China does not yet constitute a “pandemic”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, the BBC reports.
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, according to the WHO.
At least 427 people have died with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China.
More than two dozen nations have reported cases but, so far, no confirmations have been made across Africa or Latin America.
On Tuesday, three more Asian countries – Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand – confirmed infections among citizens who had not traveled to China.
Officials say 425 people have died in China and one in Hong Kong. One death has also been confirmed in the Philippines.