Health officials are struggling to gauge whether the spread of the outbreak is nearing a peak after China
upended expectations this week. The country changed the data and the way cases are diagnosed, adding 15,000 more and forcing a dramatic recalculation of where the country stands in containing the spread. Prior to the adjustment, the growth in cases had been slowing, raising hopes that the crisis was coming under control.
Earlier this month a cluster of cases in France, Spain and the UK were traced to a French ski resort, where the infected people had contact with a British man who had just returned from a conference in Singapore in January that led to infections in at least five countries.
The first group of 181 French citizens evacuated from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the epidemic, were released on Friday after two weeks in quarantine and displayed no signs of the virus. A second group of 157 people, held in another location in southern France, is due to be released soon.