China has gone four weeks without reporting any new deaths linked to coronavirus, according to an analysis of data from Chinese health authorities.
- The National Health Commission, which keeps a daily tally of infection numbers and death toll, reported 4 new infections on Friday, May 15, 2020, and 11 asymptomatic cases. No deaths were reported.
- April 14, 2020, was the last date the NHC reported a new death linked to coronavirus, while on April 17, 2020, the death toll was revised dramatically after officials found deaths in Wuhan were 50% higher than reported.
- On April 26, 2020, one extra death was included in the figures after what the NHC said was a verification of Beijing’s figures. The death toll according to the NHC now stands at 4,633.
- China has reported 84,000 cases of coronavirus since December, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
- Authorities are now trying to test 11 million residents in the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected. The scramble came after six new cases were reported last weekend, after 35 days of no new infections.
Some 4.4 million people around the world have contracted coronavirus to date, while more than 300,000 people have died.
China was widely reported to be the first country afflicted with COVID-19. Officials downplayed early warning signals and reprimanded whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang for raising the alarm on the SARS-like illness. As a cluster emerged, authorities eventually reported the emergence of the unknown, pneumonia-like illness to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2020. Concerns of a severe outbreak prompted the state to impose the first set of stringent lockdowns in Hubei Province, a model that was later followed by other countries. China’s curve almost flattened soon after, but President Donald Trump, as well as lawmakers in the U.K., have repeatedly questioned the accuracy of China’s figures. Beijing says it has not covered up any figures.