Beijing: The day after China ’s Communist Party leaders celebrated the “significant achievements” of the virus struggle, China has reported zero new coronavirus infections for the first time since it began reporting data in January.
The virus first appeared in the central city of Wuhan in the second half of last year, but because the country seems to have controlled the virus to a large extent, the number of cases has dropped sharply from its peak in mid-February.
The official death toll of the country ’s 1.4 billion people is 4,634, well below the death toll in much smaller countries.
However, people questioned the reliability of China’s numbers, and the United States took the lead to question how much information Beijing has shared with the international community.
The milestone is the day after the opening of the National People’s Congress of China’s rubber stamp. Premier Li Keqiang said at the meeting that China “has made significant strategic achievements in coping with COVID-19.”
But he warned that the country still faces “huge” challenges.
The Wuhan authorities have been attacked by condemned and silent doctors who first issued a warning about the virus in the second half of last year. The changing counting methods have also led to further doubts about China ’s official data.
Beijing has consistently denied allegations of covering up secrets, insisting that it has been sharing information with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner.
Since the virus first appeared in Wuhan, the virus has spread worldwide and claimed more than 335,000 lives worldwide.