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Number of coronavirus infections in China declining (WHO)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of new COVID-19 infections in China is steadily declining, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus said Wednesday at a meeting with a WHO mission that visited China from February 19 to 26.

“The WHO expert group found that the epidemic reached its peak and went on a plateau from January 23 to February 2, and from that moment (the number of new cases – ed.) Has been steadily decreasing.”

“They found that the DNA of the virus did not undergo significant changes. The group also believes that the measures taken by China prevented the emergence of a significant number of infections, but the main message that should give all countries hope, courage and confidence is that the virus can be restrained,” he said.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).

Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19. The number of infected in mainland China exceeded 78 thousand people, 2715 died, almost 30 thousand were cured.

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