A senior Chinese health official says the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could come to an end by June if countries mobilize to fight it.
Zhong Nanshan, China’s senior medical adviser, was speaking on Thursday, as the Chinese authorities declared the peak had passed in the country and new cases in Hubei province fallen to single digits for the first time.
“My advice is calling for all countries to follow WHO instructions and intervene on a national scale,” Mr. Zhong told a news conference.
“If all countries could get mobilized, it could be over by June,” he said.
The eighty-three-year-old epidemiologist, renowned for helping combat the SARS outbreak in 2003, added that viruses in the same family typically become less active in warm months, which could help slow the spread.
About 60% of global cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December. But in recent weeks the vast majority of new cases have been outside China.
Chinese authorities credit strict measures they have taken, including placing Hubei under near total lockdown, with preventing big outbreaks in other cities, and say other countries should learn from their approach.