China epidemic slows, prompting cautious optimism
Figures show a slowdown in the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, prompting praise for China for its efforts to contain the epidemic.
According to Press TV, the number of new cases of COVID-19 infection dropped for a third consecutive day on Sunday, and the number of deaths stayed level at 139 with that of Saturday.
While the slowdown in the tolls signaled hope that the outbreak may have been contained, its trajectory remained unclear.
The WHO chief said it was “impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take.” He said global concern remained high about the spread of the virus, further warning, “China has bought the world time. We don’t know how much time.”
Meanwhile, British cruise ship Diamond Princess remains quarantined at the dockside of the Japanese port of Yokohama.
So far, 335 of the about 3,700 passengers and crew on board have tested positive for the virus.