The number of deaths from China's coronavirus outbreak has risen to 722 on Saturday(8 February). 86 people died in a single day in China on Friday.
Surpassing the death toll from the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago.
The total number of infections across China has now reached 34,546.
Thousands of people are being quarantined on two cruise ships, docked in Japan and Hong Kong, with 64 infected passengers on one ship.
The virus has also killed two people outside mainland China, one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines, and at least 27 countries and territories.
On Friday, the death of 34-year-old Wuhan doctor, Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the virus in December only to be punished, sparked an outpouring of grief and anger over the government's handling of the crisis.
The virus has prompted several governments to ban arrivals from China and urge their citizens to avoid travelling to the country. Some have recommended that their citizens leave China.
Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.