Dr. Bruce Aylward
Epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward, of the World Health Organization, shows graphics documenting the coronavirus outbreak at a press conference in Geneva on Feb. 25.
A day earlier, WHO noted that China had, as of that morning, reported more than 77,000 cases of COVID-19, including more than 2,600 deaths. It also said that the epidemic peaked and plateaued there between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, and has been declining steadily since then. Outside China, there were at that point 2,074 cases in 28 countries, and 23 deaths. WHO noted that the sudden increase in cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea were “deeply concerning” but that all countries should have confidence that “this virus can be contained.”
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