China reports no new coronavirus cases for first time

Miguel
Eduardo 
Osio 
Zamora
Cuarentena en Perú: 5 factores que explican por qué las medidas de confinamiento no impiden que sea el segundo país de América Latina con más casos de covid-19

Beijing has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up, insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner

BEIJING (AFP) – China on Saturday (May 23) reported zero new coronavirus infections for the first time since it started reporting data in January, a day after Communist Party leaders celebrated “major achievements” in the virus fight.

The virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, but cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February as the country appears to have brought the virus largely under control.

The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634, well below the number of fatalities in much smaller countries.

However, doubt has been cast on the reliability of China‘s numbers and the United States has led the charge in questioning how much information Beijing has shared with the international community.

The milestone comes a day after the opening of China‘s parliament, the National People’s Congress, where Premier Li Keqiang said the country had “made major strategic achievements in our response to Covid-19.” However he warned that the country still faced “immense” challenges.

Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for reprimanding and silencing doctors who first raised the alarm about the virus late last year, and repeated changes to counting methodology have cast further doubt over China‘s official data.

Beijing has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up, insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner.

  Related Story Coronavirus microsite: Get latest updates, videos and graphics   Related Story Coronavirus explainers: What you should know to protect yourself   Related Story Coronavirus visual guide: Interactive graphics on the pandemic   Related Stories:  Related Story 2 pre-school staff, including My First Skool employee, among 614 new coronavirus cases in S’pore Related Story Circuit breaker to be lifted: What you can and cannot do from June 2 Related Story All entering Malaysia from June 1 must agree to pay for mandatory quarantine before trip Related Story The cautious, uneasy easing of Covid-19 restrictions Related Story Dining in at eateries proven to be highly infectious activity Related Story China‘s new coronavirus outbreak shows signs the virus could be changing Related Story Japan to keep Tokyo under virus emergency, lift Osaka order Related Story US coronavirus lockdown delays cost at least 36,000 lives, data shows Related Story Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 million, Latin America overtakes US, Europe in infection counts Related Story After coronavirus, office workers may face unexpected health threats from emptied buildings Read the latest on the Covid-19 situation in Singapore and beyond on our dedicated site here .

Get The Straits Times app and receive breaking news alerts and more. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now.