The death toll in China from corona virus has risen to 132 with the number of cases reaching nearly 6,000.
Authorities said on Wednesday that the number of confirmed cases across the country climbed to 5,974, while the death toll nationwide rose by 26.
Japan and the United States have began evacuating hundreds of citizens from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.
All of those new deaths were in Hubei except for one, which was in a province just to the north. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei.
More than 56 million people in almost 20 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, have been prevented from travelling in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus during the Lunar New Year or spring festival, traditionally China’s busiest travel season.
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, met China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
The agency has acknowledged the respiratory illness is an emergency in China but said last week it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. It has described the global risk from the virus as high.
China’s agriculture ministry has urged a boost in vegetable production to guarantee ample supplies and stable prices amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The ministry encouraged farms to increase production of fast-growing vegetables, and also asked local authorities to reduce transportation costs in order to ensure market supply.