onsdag 12. februar 2020

Infection numbers fall in China but coronavirus experts remain cautious

China’s Hubei province has reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since January, giving officials hope that the outbreak may be approaching its peak even as experts remained wary about its spread outside of China. Health authorities in Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak, reported 1,638 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, down from a peak of more than 3,000 new cases on 4 February and the lowest daily number of new infections since 31 January. National infection rates were also down.

Zhong Nanshan, an epidemiologist who is leading a government-appointed group working to control the outbreak, said on Tuesday that the numbers of new cases were falling in some provinces. He forecast that the epidemic could peak this month.