The Chinese authorities On Sunday said it recorded 2,009 new cases – down from 2,641 on Saturday, and 5,090 the day before. The commission’s daily bulletin also reported 142 more deaths nationwide, with majority in Hubei.
The Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that along with a drop in infections within Hubei there had been a rapid increase in the number of people who had recovered.
National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said the figures showed China was managing to curb the outbreak.
Outside China, there have been more than 500 cases in nearly 30 countries. Four others have died outside China – in France, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.
Meanwhile, a plane carrying 175 evacuated Nepalis, mostly students, has arrived in Kathmandu from Wuhan. It is the latest country to fly its citizens out of Hubei province.
The virus is a new strain of coronavirus and causes an acute respiratory disease which has been named Covid-19.