China reports 71 more virus deaths
BEIJING, Feb 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – China on Tuesday reported another 71
deaths from the novel coronavirus, the lowest daily number of fatalities in
over two weeks, which raised the toll to 2,663.
The National Health Commission also reported 508 new confirmed cases, with
all but nine in hard-hit Hubei province.
It is up from Monday’s 409 cases nationwide.
Multiple provinces in China have reported zero new cases for several days
in a row now, with the World Health Organization saying Monday that the
coronavirus epidemic has “peaked” in China.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the peak in China occurred
between January 23 and February 2 and the number of new cases there “has been
declining steadily since then”.
However, WHO expert Bruce Aylward, leader of a joint WHO-China mission of
experts, warned on Monday of outbreaks in other countries “increasing at
exponential growth rates”.
Despite a downward trend in new case numbers, China continues to struggle
to resume normal activity after the virus brought the world’s second-largest
economy to a standstill.
The country also decided to postpone its annual parliament session for the
first time since the Cultural Revolution.
Tens of millions of people remain under lockdown in Hubei province, where
the virus is believed to have originated late last year.
A slight easing of the lockdown in Wuhan, Hubei’s capital, was retracted
shortly after being announced on Monday.
Outbreaks in prisons and hospitals have also raised further concerns about
ineffective containment measures.
The Communist Party’s political and legal affairs commission said Tuesday
that 323 coronavirus cases were reported in Hubei prisons by Sunday,
including 279 in the Wuhan Women’s Prison.
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