New confirmed cases of coronavirus remained stable in China’s capital on Friday after a public health official declared Beijing’s latest outbreak under control.
The city recorded 25 new cases, up by just four from Thursday, out of a total of 32 cases reported nationwide.
“The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press briefing on Thursday.
“When I say that it’s under control, that doesn’t mean the number of cases will turn zero tomorrow or the day after,” he cautioned. “The trend will persist for a period of time, but the number of cases will decrease, just like the trend that we saw (in Beijing) in January and February.”
Local authorities are restricting the movement of people in the capital and stepping up other measures to prevent the virus from spreading further, following a series of local infections.
Classes in the city have also been suspended and reopening plans for sports and other events are on hold. More than 360,000 tests for the virus have been carried out in recent days, according to city health authorities.