China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak | TheHill
China reported no new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, marking the first day its announced zero new infections since January.
The country’s National Health Commission announced Saturday that 79 patients were still being treated for the disease as of Friday, and another 376 are in quarantine and being monitored as either suspected cases or asymptomatic positive cases of the virus.
The coronavirus was believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The country has just over 84,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and ranks 13th globally in the number of coronavirus cases compared to other countries.
The the U.S. ranks first with 1.6 million confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
The accuracy of China’s reporting of new cases has been disputed by Trump administration and some Republicans.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoFunding the WHO supports Taiwan's membership House chairmen demand explanation on Trump's 'illegal' withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty Stocks tick lower as US-China tensions rise MORE has been critical of China in the past, calling into question China's transparency with regard to the number of cases the country has reported.
“We need every country to step up and provide accurate, transparent information," Pompeo said in late March.
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