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Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

China's National Health Commission said that at least 100 more deaths and almost 400 more infections have been reported as of Friday.

Among the deaths, 149 were in Hubei Province and one in Hainan Province, according to the National Health Commission.

Xi's comments come as the number of virus infections hit nearly 77,000 in mainland China - with countries such as South Korea on high alert and Italy taking containment measures as well.

The NHC also said China's daily number of newly cured and discharged novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the fifth consecutive day, indicating that cases of infections are coming down. The experts visited Tongji hospital, the Wuhan sports centre that was converted into a temporary hospital, and the provincial centre for disease control and prevention to learn about the epidemic prevention and control as well as medical treatment, it said.

The 12-member team, which arrived in China on Monday, was initially designated to visit only Beijing, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, while the worst-affected Hubei province and its capital Wuhan were missing from the list.

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Besides controlling the spread of the virus, a major task for the World Health Organization team along with their Chinese counterparts was to come up with standard medicine to cure the disease.

In comments reported by state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday, Xi said the epidemic "has the fastest transmission, widest range of infection and has been the most hard to prevent and control".

The development could complicate efforts to deal with the virus which has killed over 2,300 people in China and is now spreading in South Korea. They also talked with officials and experts in the province and briefed NHC director, Ma Xiaowei on their findings and suggestions, it said.

On Friday, Beijing saw a sudden spike in the cases after the central city hospital reported 36 novel coronavirus infections, a sharp increase from the nine cases two weeks earlier, leading to fears of a potential explosion of number of infection cases in the city, the Global Times reported. Infections have been reported as far away as Italy, where 150 cases have been found.

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