Infections dropping on mainland

As of 9 am today, Guangdong had reported 1,328 confirmed cases related to the virus, adding only six new infections, the same increase as the previous day. The newly-added cases were reported from five cities in the GBA – two in Dongguan, and one in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Huizhou and Zhaoqing each. So far, Shenzhen has 416, Guangzhou 339, Zhuhai 98, Dongguan 91, Foshan 84, Zhongshan 66, Huizhou 59, Jiangmen 23 and Zhaoqing 18, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

In Hubei, epicentre of the outbreak, 1,807 new cases were reported today, down from the previous day’s 1,933, bringing the total to 59,989. The death toll rose to 1,789, with 93 new deaths added, down 7 from the previously reported 100 daily increase, according to Hubei Health Commission. The nationwide number of new infections outside Hubei has seen a steady decrease for 13 straight days, at 79.

Renowned respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan said today the nationwide number of infections could peak in late February and become flat in April, adding that the tough containment measures started to take effect in stemming the spread of virus. Xinhua.

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