Coronavirus: China announces drop in new cases for third straight day

China says virus controls are working but experts say too soon to tell

A boy attempting to protect himself from the infection with a cardboard box in Shanghai

Although some studio work has slowly resumed, the epidemic is impacting several facets of China's entertainment industry including box office as movie theaters remain shuttered across the nation and with no discernible date to come back online. "We are confident that this method can be very effective in our patients", he said. "China is experiencing the rare case of simultaneous demand and supply shocks".

The government also reported 1,886 additional new infections across the country, but mainly in Hubei, which brings the national total to at least 72,436.

Over 1,600 people have died of coronavirus in China, which has spiralled into a global health emergency.

The commission said it received reports of 1,886 new confirmed cases on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, including 1,807 in Hubei.

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Taiwan has reported two other confirmed cases of the coronavirus, saying they were linked to the first death of the island and raised the number of 22.

"We've taken such complete prevention and control efforts, efforts that are so comprehensive, that I can't see any other country that can do this", he said.

"International experts participating in the @WHO-led joint mission with (China) have arrived in Beijing & have had their first meeting with Chinese counterparts today", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter.

"This trend must be interpreted very cautiously". Both his parents and sister have also been killed since they were infected on January 25th when they all gathered for celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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Worries about its spread remain high and the epidemic's reach was highlighted by the USA announcing that more than three dozen Americans from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan were infected.

There have been more than 71,204 cases of the virus recorded worldwide, with the vast majority in mainland China. The U.S. State Department said the infected passengers were kept in isolation on the flights.

The story of their deaths starkly illuminates how authorities in the disease-stricken city may have mishandled the spread of the virus by initially pursuing a policy of home quarantine in a bid to relieve pressure on overburdened, undersupplied hospitals. One passenger tested positive after disembarking another liner in Cambodia. Carnival Corp., which operates both cruise liners, said it was cooperating with authorities in trying to trace other passengers from the Westerdam.

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His comments came amid doubts raised by some USA media outlets about Japan's response to the infections on the cruise ship . A reporter asked whether it was appropriate to keep passengers and crew holed up on the ship for a long time.

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