COVID-19: China Records No New Case For The First Time

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China for the first time since it started announcing data in January has recorded no new corona-virus infection cases on Saturday, a day after “major achievement” in the virus fight was celebrated by Communist Party Leaders.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, the central Chinese city late last year. The cases have decreased substantially from the peak in mid-February as it appears the country has taken control of the virus.

The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634, well below the number of fatalities in much smaller countries.

However, doubt has been cast on the reliability of China’s numbers and the United States has led the charge in questioning how much information Beijing has shared with the international community.

The milestone comes a day after the opening of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, where Premier Li Keqiang said the country had “made major strategic achievements in our response to COVID-19.”

He warned that the country still faced “immense” challenges.

Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for rebuking and silencing doctors who first raised the alarm about the virus late last year, and repeated changes to counting methodology have cast further doubt over China’s official data.

Beijing has earnestly denied accusations of a cover-up, insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner.

Since first emerging in Wuhan the virus has spread across the world, claiming more than 335,000 lives globally.

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