China first reported zero new coronavirus infections on Saturday since it began tracking in January. The lung virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year, but since the peak in February, the number of new cases has fallen sharply. The virus now seems to be largely under control in China.
The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people is 4,634, well below the death toll in much smaller countries. According to authorities, 84,081 Chinese have been infected. However, doubts have been raised about the reliability of the Chinese figures, and the United States has serious doubts that Beijing has shared all information with the international community.
The milestone comes a day after the opening of the Chinese Parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC). Prime Minister Li Keqiang said on Friday that the country “delivered significant strategic achievements in its response to Covid-19.” However, he warned that China still faces immense challenges.
Since the virus first appeared in Wuhan, it has spread all over the world and more than 335,000 people worldwide have died from the effects of the virus.
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