Reported novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases in China, the country where the virus originated, have decreased in the past week.
Mainland China reported 19 new cases of coronavirus infections on March 9, down from 40 cases a day earlier, the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) said on March 10. All of the cases were reported in Hubei province, where the coronavirus epicenter Wuhan is located.
The country’s President Xi Jinping is paying a visit to Wuhan for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.
For the past few weeks, the government has undertaken stringent virus containment efforts, including maintaining control of people’s movements in major cities, as well as the closure of schools and non-essential businesses. The coronavirus infection rate is now reportedly higher outside of China.
According to state media, Xi arrived on March 10 and is scheduled to meet with medical workers, military officers and soldiers, community workers, police officers, officials and volunteers who have been combatting the outbreak on the front line.
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