China Claims There Have Been No New Cases Of Coronavirus At …
China has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province, officials have claimed.
Just last month, Wuhan, the source of the global outbreak, was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day.
But in a dramatic development that shows just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States, China said that all 34 new cases across the entire country were from foreign travellers.
While there have been no new cases in Wuhan and Hubei, the area did record a further eight deaths.
The news offered a rare glimmer of hope for the rest of the world as it battles the virus, and perhaps a lesson in the strict measures needed to halt its spread.
Wuhan was where the pandemic first took hold and thousands once lay sick or dying in hurriedly constructed hospitals.
For the latest coronavirus updates and coverage in the UK and around the world click here. ‘Today we have seen the dawn after so many days of hard effort,’ said Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector at the National Health Commission.
Jiao said the ‘double-zero’ increase, which followed several days of improving numbers, meant their control and medical treatment methods were working well. Wuhan has been under a strict lockdown since January.
Officials are moving to loosen travel restrictions, but only inside the surrounding province of Hubei where most checkpoints will be taken down.
Wuhan remains cut-off with only those with special permission allowed to travel in or out.
The lockdown will be lifted there only if no additional cases are reported for two consecutive weeks, which may happen next month, Li Lanjuan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was quoted as saying.
The virus has infected more than 218,000 people worldwide and killed over 8,800, mostly in China, Italy and Iran.
The United Nations warned the crisis could lead to the loss of nearly 25 million jobs around the world.
More than 84,000 people overall have recovered from the virus, which causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough in most cases.
Severe illness is more likely in the elderly and those with existing health problems.