1. Briefing on COVID-19 cases in China

According to China’s National Health Commission and the State Council inter-agency task force, the latest development of COVID-19 cases in China’s mainland is as follows:

(1) March 11 saw 1 fatality and 7 newly confirmed cases excluding Hubei province, 6 of which were imported.

(2) In Hubei Province, newly confirmed cases dropped to 8, all reported in Wuhan, marking the epicenter's first single-digit increase since the outbreak. Other cities in Hubei Province reported ZERO newly confirmed cases for 7 days in a row.

(3) As of 24:00 on March 11 (Beijing Time), 80,793 confirmed cases have been reported, including 62,793 cured cases (50,298 in Hubei) and 3,169 fatalities.

(4) The National Health Commission said on March 12 that China has passed the peak of the outbreak, as new cases keep declining, and the overall epidemic situation remains at a low level.

2. The WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic on March 11, indicating that it has become a common challenge to all human beings. The WHO stressed that describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by this virus or what WHO and countries should do. Its aim is to call on all member states to make greater political pledges and devote more resources to change the course of this pandemic.

China's efforts are an important part of the global response. Going forward, while combating the disease at home, China will make contributions to the global fight against COVID-19.

3. About China’s supply and industrial chains

The outbreak of COVID-19 only affects the Chinese economy in a temporary and limited manner. China has the world's largest, most diversified and best equipped manufacturing system, which makes it an important link in global supply and industrial chains.

While fighting the outbreak, China has also been making coordinated efforts in economic and social development. As the domestic situation keeps getting better, major industries and enterprises including foreign ones are gradually resuming work and production, China’s social production and economic performance are getting back to normal. Such timely resumption of work and production protects and supports the stability and security of global supply and industrial chains.



March 12, 2020

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