Chinese and foreign experts believe that the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus will be brought under control by April, said Zhong Nanshan, head of the expert Commission of the State Health Committee of China.
He recalled that earlier experts had predicted that the peak of the spread of infection would occur in the middle or end of February. A sharp surge occurred in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, but this did not happen in other cities.
According to the expert, "after February 15, the number of cases began to decrease", and now there is confidence that the epidemic "will be mostly under control in April".
Foreign experts predicted that the number of infected could exceed 160,000, but they "did not take into account the decisive measures taken by the Chinese government," said Zhong Nanshan. He also called for extensive international cooperation and the exchange of experience in combating the infection, in particular with South Korea and Iran, where the infection spreads very quickly.
The expert also noted that although the first cases of coronavirus infection were noted in Wuhan, this does not mean that COVID-19 appeared in China.
Previously reported that the first cases of infection with the virus, causing severe cases of pneumonia, were recorded in Wuhan in December. All the first infected were in the local market, where they sell exotic animals and their meat.