China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak

China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak

China reported no new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, marking the first day its announced zero new infections since January. 

The country’s National Health Commission announced Saturday that 79 patients were still being treated for the disease as of Friday, and another 376 are in quarantine and being monitored as either suspected cases or asymptomatic positive cases of the virus. 

The coronavirus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

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The country has just over 84,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and ranks 13th globally in terms of number of cases. 

The the U.S. ranks first with 1.6 million confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.

The accuracy of China’s reporting of new cases has been disputed by Trump administration and some Republicans. 

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration State Department offers M reward for foreign election interference information State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration MORE has been critical of China in the past, calling into question the country's transparency with regard to the number of cases the country has reported. 

“We need every country to step up and provide accurate, transparent information," Pompeo said in late March. 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire McConnell: Wearing a mask is 'single most significant thing' to fight pandemic McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Fla.) has also expressed suspicion about the China's COVID-19 case reporting. 

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"We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt it's significantly more than what [sic] they admit to," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter around the same time. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE and his allies on Capitol Hill have been particularly critical of China’s response to the pandemic, blaming the country and its officials for the disease's spread. 

The Trump campaign has also made it clear  former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE's relationship with China will be a major attack point in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which Trump has called too "China-centric," has praised the country's response to the pandemic.