The annual meeting of the Chinese National Popular Assembly (ANP, legislative), scheduled for next March 5, will be delayed to a date yet to be defined because of the coronavirus epidemic, as Efe advanced days ago, media confirmed today officers.
The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CCP), said the ANP Standing Committee decided today to approve a motion to postpone the plenary until further notice after meeting behind closed doors.
The ANP congregates about 3,000 delegates every year in the People’s Palace of Beijing, which meet for at least ten days to approve several legislative projects and establish the main economic and political objectives of the country.
A third of the assembly delegates are also government officials who are currently working to try to contain the coronavirus, which so far has left 2,592 dead and 77,150 people infected in the country.
At its meeting today, the ANP Standing Committee also approved another proposal to ban the trade of wild animals and restrict their consumption, according to the People’s Daily.
The Chinese National Health Commission reported today that on Sunday 150 new deaths occurred and 409 new infected were detected.
The source added that to date, 635,531 patients have been followed up in close contact with those infected, of which 97,481 are still under observation.
In the province of Hubei, the focus of the epidemic where the situation is much more serious, there were 398 new infected and 149 deaths, which means that in the rest of China only 11 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours.
Deaths in the province now rise to 2,495 – 1,987 in its capital, Wuhan – and those infected to 64,287.
Although about thirty countries have cases diagnosed with COVID-19, China accounts for around 99% of those infected.
The symptoms of the new disease are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).