The disease appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, but the contagion was practically stopped in the country, where the latest assessment indicates nearly 83,000 cases of contamination, including 4,634 fatalities.
The pandemic has meanwhile spread over the surface of the globe, infecting more than 5 million people, including nearly 330,000 fatally.
“We have achieved a major strategic success in our response to COVID-19,” proclaimed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday at the opening of the plenary session of the National People’s Assembly (PNA), the annual high mass of the communist power. In front of 3000 masked deputies, Mr Li, however, stressed: “the immense task” that remained to be accomplished.
The Trump administration accuses the Chinese authorities of having delayed alerting the world to the epidemic and of concealing its magnitude.
Beijing vigorously denied the charges of concealment, claiming that it had always shared its information on the epidemic with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely fashion.