BEIJING: China's measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic are achieving visible progress as the battle has reached a crucial time, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (Feb 18).
China reported its fewest new infections of coronavirus since January and its fewest deaths for a week.
The China Government said Chinese officials reported 1,886 new cases - the first time the daily figure has fallen below 2,000 since Jan. 30 - bringing the mainland China total to 72,436. The figure of 98 new deaths marked the first time the daily toll had fallen below 100 since Feb. 11, bringing the overall toll to 1,886.
Outside China, there have been 827 cases in 26 countries and regions and five deaths, according to a Reuters count based on official statements.
More than half of those cases have been on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan.
China says figures showing a slowdown in new cases in recent days are signs that aggressive steps it has taken to curb travel and commerce are slowing the spread of the disease beyond central Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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