Staff at a pharmacy wear protective face masks as they deal with customers in Milan, Italy, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Stunned by Europe’s biggest surge of the coronavirus, Italy appears to be operating in near panic mode.
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The COVID-19 outbreak in China appears to have peaked and leveled off earlier this month even as the deadly coronavirus spreads to other parts of the world, World Health Organization officials said Monday.
A WHO-led team of scientists that just returned from China found that the epidemic in China peaked and plateaued between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2 and has been declining steadily since then, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said at a press conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
The case fatality rate is between 2% and 4% inside the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and 0.7% outside of Wuhan, Tedros said, citing the team’s findings. For people with mild diseases, recovery time is two…