f unknown cause at a national health conference, calling for efforts to strengthen monitoring, analysis and study, and make timely response. Jan. 7 -- Xi Ji

nping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, made instructions on epidemic

response when presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C

PC Central Committee. -- The China CDC succeeded in isolating the first novel coronavirus strain. Jan. 8 -- An expe

rt evaluation team from the NHC initially identified a new coronavirus as the cause of the epidemic. -- Heads of China and U.S.

CDCs talked over phone to discuss technological exc