First Coronavirus Infection In Over A Month, Reported In Wuhan
China has announced the first case of coronavirus in over a month in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak first started in last year. China’s National Health Commission also reported the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days, saying 14 new infections had been confirmed, two of which were imported into the country. The coronavirus first surfaced in Wuhan, a major industrial and transport city in central China, in December 2019. It has since infected nearly four million people worldwide, claiming more than 270,000 lives and crippled the economy globally. The total number infected in China is 82,901, with an official death toll of 4,633. But in nearly a month, no new deaths have been reported. China has faced criticism both at home and abroad for downplaying the virus and hiding information about the outbreak when it first surfaced in Wuhan. Beijing has insisted it has always shared information with the World Health Organization and other countries in a timely manner. A top health official said Saturday, however, that the outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system.