New Delhi: China on Sunday reported 27 new fatalities and 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus or COVID-19, the lowest since January.  The latest report brought the total death toll to 3,097 in China. Also Read - 34 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases: How Virus Came to India Via Iran, Italy While All Eyes Were on China

Of the 44 new confirmed cases, 41 were discovered in Wuhan– , the provincial capital and epicenter of the outbreak and the remaining three were cases imported from outside mainland China.

The World Health Organization (WHO), on the other hand, asserted that the spread of COVID-19 can be significantly slowed or even reversed through implementing robust containment and control activities. Issuing a statement, the WHO in a statement said,”China and other countries are demonstrating that the spread of the virus can be slowed and impact reduced through the use of universally applicable actions.”

Notably, the health organisation was referring to measures such as working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers. It underlined that containing and slowing the spread of the virus helps buy time for health systems and all of society to prepare and for researchers to identify effective treatments and develop vaccines.

“Allowing uncontrolled spread should not be a choice of any government, as it will harm not only the citizens of that country but affect other countries as well,” the WHO added. Furthermore it reiterated that it will continue to work with all countries, partners and expert networks to coordinate the international response, develop guidance, distribute supplies, share knowledge and provide people with the information so as to protect themselves and others.