New virus cases fall; WHO says China bought the world time

Coronavirus global death toll surpasses 1,000 peopleBEIJING (AP) — China has reported 143 new virus deaths and a dip in new cases while the head of the World Health Organization has praised the country’s efforts to contain the disease.

He says China has “bought the world time” and that other nations must make the most of it.

France reported Europe’s first virus death, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December.

The U.S., meanwhile, says it’s preparing to fly home Americans quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan.

China reported 2,641 new cases in the 24 hours through midnight Friday.