Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

Coronavirus death roll rises to 1,113 new suspected cases in China

"In general, the number of new cases is now slowly decreasing", Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China's National Health Commission, said in a video conference with medical staff in Wuhan on Tuesday.

Health officials say they are seeing some positive signs despite these numbers.

The number of fatalities from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,113 nationwide on Wednesday after another 97 deaths were reported by the national health commission.

The authors concluded that the findings from the small group suggest no evidence of vertical transmission in women who have COVID-19 pneumonia late in their pregnancies.

The ship was placed in quarantine for two weeks when it arrived in Tokyo on February 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

A large cluster of cases in Tianjin, a port city southeast of Beijing, has been traced to a department store, Chinese state media said. One third of Tianjin's 104 confirmed cases are in Baodi district, where the store is located, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

A salesperson in the store's home appliance section was the first diagnosed on January 31, Xinhua said, and a series of cases followed. Nevertheless, several more diagnoses soon followed.

The next to have their infections confirmed were also salespeople at the store. None of the infected had visited Wuhan recently, and with the exception of one married couple, they worked in different sections of the store and did not know one another.

China's new virus cases fall again, deaths now exceed 1100
Fake news also plays a factor in the stigmatization of the virus . "We have to stop more people from being infected", he said. No reasons were given, although the province's initial response was deemed slow and ineffective.

A Chinese drug manufacturer announced it has begun producing a drug developed by USA company Gilead Sciences Ltd. for possible use against the new virus.

Both the US and Singapore Post said in notes to their global counterparts that they are no longer accepting items destined for China, "until sufficient transport capacity becomes available".

To date, 42 708 confirmed cases have been reported in China, and 1,017 people in China have lost their lives to this virus.

"Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease", he said.

"We still need more time of hard working in Wuhan", he said, describing the isolation of infected patients there a priority.

President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the ruling Politburo Standing Committee after figures showed that the number of new cases dropped for the second straight day, fuelling hopes the epidemic could peak later this month.

Most of the deaths have been in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, the epicentre of the crisis. No reasons were given, although the province's initial response was deemed slow and ineffective. These include a sharply slowing domestic economy, the trade war with the US and pushback on China's increasingly aggressive foreign policies.

The country is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain the virus.

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