China has passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic

China has passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.

The comments were made by commission spokesperson Mi Feng at a news conference.

This comes a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) characterised the new coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was alarmed by the spread and severity of the outbreak, along with a lack of action taken to combat it.

“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” he told a news conference in Geneva, adding that he expected the number of cases and deaths to grow in the coming days and weeks.

“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus,” he said.

In all the virus infected at least 80,796 and killed 3,169 individuals in China.