Long lines of people waiting to collect the ashes of loved ones at funeral homes as well as bleak reports from people on the ground in China have raised suspicion over the official numbers.
Zhangjiajie city in Hunan province has required all tourist sites, cinemas and theatres to close, and banned large gatherings to contain the virus.
So one important way to understand if countries are testing sufficiently is to ask: What share of the tests confirm a case? Countries, finding themselves at different stages of their own outbreaks, have been trying to mimic some of the stringent policies such as lockdowns and social distancing orders that other countries, which have reported reductions in their deaths, have implemented.
The order, coinciding with the one announced yesterday, is said to last indefinitely unless told otherwise.
Shanghai officials, who say they are eager for factories to get back to work, said more than 80% of 666 prioritised companies had restarted production and that they had drawn up a second list of 1,188 firms.
Reported infections remained near record figures as 296,498 cases were reported within 24 hours.