As of midnight on Feb 17 (Beijing Time), t
here still remained
confirmed cases (including
in serious condition) on the Chinese mainland.
China's National Health Commission (NHC) had in total received
patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.
A total of
new confirmed cases were reported outside Hubei, a
consecutive day drop since Feb.3.
military medics sent to fight COVID-19 epidemic have arrived in Wuhan.
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, will meet in late February to deliberate a draft decision on
postponing the NPC's annual session
which was originally planned to
on March 5 in Beijing. After careful evaluati
on, the Council of Chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee decided that it is necessary to postpone the annual legislative session to allow efforts to be concentrated on containing the COVID-19 epidemic.
Final decision needs to be made by the NPC Standing Committee.
A joint expert team consisting of experts from China and the WHO began field inspections on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak. The team is scheduled to visit