February 17, 2020 / 8:33 AM / 2 months ago

New coronavirus is 'preventable and treatable': China health official

BEIJING (Reuters) - The novel coronavirus that has killed more than 1,700 people in China is “preventable and treatable”, an official from the country’s National Health Commission said on Monday.

Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration supervisor at the commission, made the remarks at a daily press conference, in which she also said the percentage of infected patients in virus epicenter Wuhan who are critically ill had dropped to 18% now from 38% at the beginning of the outbreak.

Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Tom Daly; Editing by Toby Chopra

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