China has “positive progress”
Around 1 month after the city of Wuhan (Hubei Province, China) was cordoned off to control the acute pneumonia disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), China began to carefully restore the normal operation, according to Hoa Nam Morning Post newspaper (SCMP – Hong Kong).
However, when the situation in China has shown positive signs, in some other countries in the world, most notably in Korea, Japan and Iran, the COVID-19 epidemic has had significant changes. fear.
The number of COVID-19 virus infections outside of China continued to rise on February 22, the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) team came to work in China.
Also on Saturday (February 22), the National Health Commission of China (NHC) confirmed 397 new COVID-19 infections – a 55% reduction from data recorded on February 21.
Although the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in China continues to increase, NHC said it sees data in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province and elsewhere. The trend is downward, and sees this as a testament to the country’s efforts being made “positive progress”.
In many Chinese cities and provinces, authorities and businesses are making every effort to restore operations after the long Tet holiday because of COVID-19. For example, in Shanghai, 97% of Fortune 500 companies and 93% of multinationals based in the city have returned to normal operation.
Similarly, China’s Foreign Ministry announced on February 22 that it would reopen regular press conferences at its Beijing office, as usual, instead of online press conferences like the past few weeks.
However, before these positive signs, Chinese President Xi Jinping, many officials and public health experts still warned that the epidemic has not yet reached its peak, and there are still major challenges in the process. disease prevention program.
Worrying developments outside of Chinese territory
On the WHO side, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also issued a warning on February 22 that the “door of opportunity” to prevent the disease from spreading internationally. “gradually narrowing”.
The WHO Director-General said the agency was particularly concerned about cases of COVID-19 virus infection without Chinese and epidemiological links.
“What we are most worried about is the risk of COVID-19 spreading to countries with poor health systems,” Mr. Ghebreyesus said.
On February 22, Iranian health officials confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country to 28 people (including five deaths).
In South Korea, meanwhile, there were also unsettling developments. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country on February 22 has more than doubled compared to February 21, from 204 to 433. All 17 provinces and cities of South Korea have contracted cases.
In Japan, by the end of February 22, about 750 people were positive for COVID-19 – most of whom were passengers and crew on Diamond Princess yacht once isolated in Yokohama port, near Tokyo. before.
Singapore and the US have 89 and 35 positive cases with COVID-19, respectively.