◆ China reported fewer new coronavirus cases yesterday than the previous day, which it said was evidence of its efforts to slow the spread of the disease. Beijing’s figures showed 68 500 cases, including 2009 new cases yesterday, fewer than the 2 641 new cases reported on Saturday. Some 142 people were reported yesterday to have died, one fewer than the previous day, bringing the deaths in China to 1 665. Taiwan reported its first death from the coronavirus. Outside mainland China, there have been about 500 cases in some two dozen countries and territories.