WHO: Too early to say new coronavirus peaking in China


Posted at Feb 07 2020 01:15 AM | Updated as of Feb 07 2020 03:05 AM

WHO: Too early to say new coronavirus peaking in China 1
Executive Director of the World Health Organization's emergencies program Mike Ryan, Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the Technical Lead for the WHO's emergencies program Maria Van Kerkhovespeaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland February 6, 2020. Denis Balibouse, Reuters

GENEVA, Switzerland - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was too early to say that China's coronavirus outbreak was peaking, but noted that Wednesday was the first day that the overall number of new cases in China had dropped.

The death toll from the virus in mainland China jumped by 73 to 563, with more than 28,000 confirmed infections inside the world's second-largest economy.

WHO official Mike Ryan said there had been a constant increase in cases in Hubei province, at the center of the outbreak, but that increase had not been seen in other provinces.