Coronavirus cases spiked overnight after China changed the way it counts the cases(Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS) Coronavirus cases spiked overnight after China changed the way it counts the cases(Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS)

The Croatians are not among the 44 new cases of coronavirus reported on board the cruiser on Thursday, Croatia's senior diplomat in Japan, Dražen Hrastić confirmed.

The number of people infected with the coronavirus spiked in China by 14 thousand cases overnight after Chinese health officials switched to a different method of diagnosing the flu-like illness. The World Health Organization, however, said the virus wasn't spreading dramatically beyond mainland China.

EU health ministers agreed to increase preparations and coordination to prevent the coronavirus from spreading across Europe at an emergency meeting in Brussels on Thursday. The EU is preparing and proceeding with caution, but Europe was not absolutely safe, said Health Minister Vili Beroš, who chaired the meeting.

“We need to follow the epidemiological situation closely every-day, around the clock and adjust to changing circumstances. If the situation continues to escalate, then these measures will not be enough, however, then we will have to talk about future measures,” Beroš said.