Mainland China had 118 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak at the end of Thursday, the national health commission said Friday, raising the number of deaths across the country to at least 2,236.
Beijing also reported 1,109 new confirmed cases of the disease during the same period, sharply from 349 cases the day before, reversing three days of decline.
At least 631 of the new cases were from the epicenter of the Hubei epidemic, including 220 cases from the province’s prison system. Most of the last deaths were also from the province.
The latest number of infections across the country has now reached 75,685.
Earlier, The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a briefing in Geneva that the recent The decrease in the number of new cases is encouraging, but he added that it was too early to know if this trend would continue.
“We are encouraged by this trend, but this is not the time for complacency,” he said.
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Friday, 21st of February
China says the first coronavirus vaccine will be tested in late April
The earliest coronavirus vaccine that has killed more than 2,000 in China will only be submitted for clinical trials in late April, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Xu Nanping, said Friday.
Xu made the comments during a press conference.
Zhou Qi, deputy secretary general of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, also told reporters that companies that have resumed operations must ensure adequate ventilation and maintain a safe distance between workers.
South Korea reports 52 new cases; Seoul prohibits demonstrations
The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has banned demonstrations in the main areas of the center in an effort to combat the viral outbreak.
The news comes when the country reports 52 new cases of infections, raising its total to 156, after declaring the southern city of Daegu as a special area after an explosion of infections.
South Korea declares the city of Daegu as a “special management zone” for coronavirus
South Korea on Friday declared the city of Daegu a “special management zone” after an explosion in new virus infections.
On Thursday, Daegu reported 23 new cases that went back to a church attended by a 61-year-old coronavirus patient.
South Korea currently has at least 82 cases of the infection.
Australia reports two cases of coronavirus from the Diamond Princess cruise ship
Two evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, according to authorities on Friday.
Australia on Thursday evacuated 170 citizens from the cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp, which had been confined in their cabins since February 3, when the ship was quarantined in Yokohama, south of the capital, Tokyo.
After arriving in tropical North Australia, all passengers were examined and those who complained of being ill underwent coronavirus tests. They will spend the next 14 days there in quarantine.
The virus may end ‘at the end of March’: Chinese diplomat
The Chinese Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan, said experts in China believe that “the peak of the epidemic had already arrived” and that it could have ended by the end of March.
“I have seen that, according to experts in China, they say that the peak of the epidemic has already arrived and will be reduced regardless of the epicenter and throughout China,” said Li Bijian.
“This will [be] going down this week and next week and the epidemic could disappear at the end of March, “he added.
Ukrainian protesters clash with police over evacuees of the Chinese virus
Dozens of people clashed with police in front of a hospital in central Ukraine over government plans to quarantine Chinese evacuees affected by the coronavirus on the premises.
Six buses with the evacuees arrived at the medical center, accompanied by law enforcement officials, a video posted by Ukrainian media showed.
The policemen had to disperse the protesters to unlock a road that leads to the hospital and create a cord for the vehicles.
WHO says ‘there is no time for complacency’ as cases of coronavirus fall in China
The decline in the number of new cases of coronavirus infections in China is encouraging, the World Health Organization said, but it is too early to know if this trend will continue.
“We are encouraged by this trend, but this is not the time for complacency,” said Ghebreyesus of the WHO in an information session in Geneva.
He noted that the number of cases of coronavirus in the rest of the world was very low compared to China, but added: “That may not be the same for a long time.”
China supports Pakistan’s decision not to evacuate students
A Chinese diplomat supported Pakistan’s decision not to evacuate Pakistani students from the province in the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, a day after parents confronted government ministers to demand that their children be taken to House.
Pakistan has ruled out bringing back more than 1,000 students in Hubei Province and its capital Wuhan, where three quarters of the more than 2,000 deaths from the outbreak have been recorded.
“If such a large number of students returns, this will cost huge health operations for the Pakistani government. If the isolation facilities are not ready, this can cause another outbreak of this virus in Pakistan,” said Li Bijian, Consul General of China. in Karachi. , he told reporters.
China sees fall in new virus cases: ‘Control efforts work’
China promoted a large drop in new coronavirus cases as a sign that it contained the epidemic, but fears grew abroad after two former quarantined cruise passengers died in Japan and a group of infections increased in Korea’s South.
Chinese officials said this week that their drastic containment efforts, including the quarantine of tens of millions of people in Hubei and the restriction of movements in cities across the country, have begun to bear fruit.
“The results show that our control efforts are working,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a special meeting on the virus with his Southeast Asian counterparts in Laos.
“The blunt action of China has contained the spread of the virus within China and also the spread of the virus to other parts of the world,” Wang said, adding that the country “has the ability and determination to overcome this outbreak on a date. early. “