The toll reaches 1,765 dead in China…

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2:00 p.m .: The virus still kills but the contamination slows down

The toll of the viral pneumonia epidemic rose further in China on Sunday, exceeding 1,600 dead, but the rate of contamination was declining.

When the new coronavirus killed for the first time outside of Asia, a senior Chinese official said his country was in the process of containing the epidemic.

According to the latest report released by the Chinese authorities on Sunday, Covid-19 viral pneumonia caused the death of 1,665 people, most of them in Hubei province, where the virus appeared in December. One hundred and forty-two people have died in the past 24 hours.

More than 68,000 people have been infected since the start of the crisis, but the number of new daily cases tends to settle: it reached the figure of 2.009 Sunday, the third day of decline in a row.

“We can already see the effect of measures to control and prevent the epidemic in different parts of the country,” welcomed the press spokesman for the national commission (ministry) of health, Mi Feng. .

More cautious, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was “far too early” to make forecasts about the course of the disease.

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