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The number of new coronavirus cases in China dropped significantly in recent days outside the province at the center of the epidemic, but health authorities raised alarms about sharp increases in infections elsewhere in the world.

U.S. officials said Chinese leaders have taken the first steps toward implementing the first phase of their trade deal, an announcement that comes amid concerns the coronavirus could delay the pace of China’s promise to purchase more U.S. crops and other goods.

To shape public opinion about China’s response to the deadly new coronavirus, Beijing has turned to a trusted strategy: deploying a massive propaganda campaign and suppressing critical news coverage.

A Chinese court sentenced a bookseller who was born in China and held Swedish citizenship to 10 years in jail on espionage charges, and said his Chinese nationality had been reinstated, underscoring Beijing’s increasing forcefulness in asserting jurisdiction over foreign citizens.

The last time a coronavirus outbreak hit China in 2003, the global economy emerged relatively unscathed. Now, nearly two decades later, the growth-damping effects of a similar pathogen threaten to ripple around a world transformed by China’s boom.

As China doubles down on its efforts to control the coronavirus epidemic, patients with other conditions that require urgent medical attention have emerged as particularly vulnerable, facing difficulties in receiving treatment and securing drugs.

China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters based in Beijing, the first time in the post-Mao era that the Chinese government has expelled multiple journalists from one international news organization at the same time.

Chinese officials were heartened by a drop in the number of new coronavirus infections and deaths, though the World Health Organization warned against complacency as global health authorities continued to battle the fast-spreading virus.

China’s technology giants are using health-rating systems to help authorities track the movement of millions of Chinese, adding a new and controversial tool in the country’s battle to contain the fast-spreading outbreak.

A spreadsheet compiled by Chinese authorities responsible for tracking ethnic-minority Muslims catalogs detailed personal information—including whether they regularly pray at a mosque, possess a passport or have friends or relatives in trouble with the law.

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