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 June 14, 2003
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No New SARS Cases or Deaths Reported in China
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For the first time since April, Chinese officials on Wednesday reported no new SARS cases or deaths and said there's been a large decrease in the number of SARS cases in Beijing.

But the World Health Organization greeted the news from China with skepticism, saying that China lacks credibility on its reporting of SARS, the Associated Press reports.

About 100 new cases of SARS were being reported each day in Beijing at the beginning of May. That dropped to about 50 a day by mid-May and decreased to single digits in recent days.

Beijing has had about half of China's reported 5,331 cases of SARS infections. The death toll in China stands at 334 people.

The situation in Taiwan and Hong Kong continues to improve. Hong Kong reported one new case of SARS, and Taiwan reported two new cases, the AP reports.

To date, SARS has infected at least 8,300 people and killed 773 in more than two dozen countries since it appeared in southern China last November.


-- Robert Preidt

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