WHO says too early to say coronavirus peaking in China

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (February 6) it was too early to say that China's coronavirus outbreak was peaking, but noted that Wednesday was the first day that the overall number of new cases in China had dropped.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHO EMERGENCIES PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DR MICHAEL RYAN, SAYING:

"There has been that constant increase in cases in Hubei province but we haven't seen that same acceleration in provinces outside Hubei, and equally we haven't seen that acceleration in Hong Kong and Macau, in Taiwanese people either. So I think, again, we're seeing a relatively stable situation outside Wuhan, Hubei, but as you said (Reuters reporter) Stephanie (Nebehay) and you are correct, there are cycles of transmission and we may see those cases increase in the coming days."

The death toll from the virus in mainland China has reached 563, with more than 28,000 confirmed infections inside the world's second-largest economy.