China reported no new coronavirus infections on Saturday for the first time since it started reporting in January, one day after Communist Party leaders celebrated “major achievements” in the fight against the virus.
The virus first appeared in central China’s Wuhan city late last year, but cases have dropped significantly since the peak in mid-February as the country appears to have largely mastered the virus.
The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people is 4,634, well below the number of deaths in much smaller countries.
However, doubt was cast on the reliability of China’s figures and the United States led the charge by questioning the amount of information that Beijing has shared with the international community.
This milestone comes a day after the opening of the Chinese Parliament, the National People’s Congress, where Prime Minister Li Keqiang said the country had “made major strategic advances in its response to COVID-19”.
However, he warned that the country still faced “immense” challenges.
Wuhan authorities criticized for reprimanding and silencing doctors who first raised the alarm over the virus late last year, and repeated changes in counting methodology have cast doubt additional on official data from China.
Beijing has vigorously denied the charges of concealment, insisting that it has always shared information with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner.
Since its first appearance in Wuhan, the virus has spread around the world, killing more than 335,000 people worldwide.
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