New Delhi: At a time when the deadly coronavirus has claimed 1,868 lives in mainland China, the country’s envoy to India Sun Weidong on Tuesday sad the epidemic is generally now under control. He also said that the number of confirmed cases outside Hubei province is steadily coming down. Also Read - Apple Says Coronavirus Outbreak Will Affect Their Revenues Worldwide

“The epidemic is generally now under control. As of February 17, outside Hubei province, the number of confirmed cases has been declining for 14 consecutive days across China,” Sun Weidong, Chinese Envoy to India, said.

He also went on to say that the Chinese government has sufficient resources and policy tools to cope with economic fluctuations following the coronavirus epidemic.

“The coronavirus outbreak has not been able to impact the strong fundamentals of China’s strong economy. We have allocated RMB 80 billion to contain the deadly disease,” Weidong added.

Talking about ways to prevent it from spreading further, Weidong said China has put in place multi-level control and prevention mechanisms to contain the disease.

He said his country has full confidence that it will win the battle against coronavirus epidemic. “This is a cumulative drop of over 50%. The epidemic in Hubei and Wuhan is being managed more effectively. There is a rapid increase in cure rate from 1.3 % to 8.2%. Over 12,000 people have recovered and are being discharged from hospitals,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the Chinese state health committee stated that the death toll in mainland China from the novel coronavirus outbreak has increased by 98 over the past 24 hours to 1,868. It also said that the number of confirmed cases has gone up by 1,886 to 72,436.

As per updates, the oronavirus disease was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in December last year and then spread to more than 20 other countries across the world.