Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 (updated at 6 pm, 26th Feb 2020).

Total cases increased in South Korea with 12 deaths.

The vast majority of the new infections were in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city and the epicentre of the outbreak, and the neighbouring province of North Gyeongsang.

Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed as the outbreak has spread, from K-pop concerts to the start of the K-league football season.

Meanwhile, the total cases in Malaysia remain at 22, including 20 cured.