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While the coronavirus is alarming, the rate of infection in China has slowed down with a fall in the number of new cases. The slowdown in contagion is mostly evident outside the Hubei province (the epicentre of the crisis).

The WHO has stated that the Covid-19 causes only mild disease in 80 percent of the people infected and has impacted older people more severely. “It appears that Covid-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers,” said the WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Tedros also said: “More than 80% of patients have mild disease and will recover”.As of now of the 20,809 cases which had an outcome, 89% of the patients have recovered.

Source: WHO