An evacuation flight carrying 19 Taiwanese evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which remained docked in the Japanese city of Yokohama, arrived in Taiwan, Friday, February 21.
READ MORE: Chinese health officials expressed new optimism Thursday over a deadly virus outbreak while authorities in South Korea's fourth-largest city urged residents to hunker down as vacillating fears nagged communities far from the illness' epicenter.
The confidence voiced by China's government came as it reported a reduced number of new infections. But doubts remained about the true trajectory of the epidemic as China again changed its method of counting and new threats emerged outside the country.
“The downward trend will not be reversed,'' insisted Ding Xiangyang, deputy chief secretary of the State Council and member of the Central Government's supervision group.
Whatever promises were aired where the illness poses its biggest threat, countries around the world continued to grapple with the rippling effects. The latest front in the widening global fight against COVID-19 emerged in Daegu, South Korea, where the city's 2.5 million residents were urged to stay inside, wearing masks even indoors to stem further infection.