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New COVID-19 cases in China stay below 1,000 mark for 5th consecutive day Updated: 2020-02-25 04:04:03 KST

The growth of COVID-19 cases in China seems to be slowing down, with the number of newly-confirmed cases staying below the one-thousand mark for the fifth consecutive day.
As of end Sunday, China's National Health Commission reported that the total number of infections in the country reached the 77-thousand mark, with the death toll nearing 2,600.
With growth of the disease slowing, Chinese authorities initially announced that they will loosen their month-long quarantine measures in Wuhan, allowing some non-residents to leave the epicenter of the outbreak conditionally.
But shortly after the announcement, the city government reversed the decision, claiming the previous announcement had been made "without the consent" of the local leadership, and is now declared invalid.
Meanwhile, other countries across the globe are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases.
Among the countries hit hardest, is Japan, where thousands of passengers are quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
As of Monday, Japan, including those on board the cruise ship, has a total of more than 800 confirmed patients, with at least 4 deaths.
Elsewhere, Italy saw hundreds of new cases over the weekend.
The number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to more than 150 and FOUR people have died of the virus.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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