February 6, 2020 / 3:55 PM / 17 days ago

WHO says too early to say coronavirus peaking in China

GENEVA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was too early to say that China's coronavirus outbreak was peaking, but noted that Wednesday was the first day that the overall number of new cases in China had dropped.

The death toll from the virus in mainland China jumped by 73 to 563, with more than 28,000 confirmed infections inside the world's second-largest economy.

WHO official Mike Ryan said there had been a constant increase in cases in Hubei province, at the centre of the outbreak, but that that increase had not been seen in other provinces.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Toby Chopra

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