China records no new coronavirus deaths for first time since January

China records no new coronavirus deaths for first time since January

China records no new coronavirus deaths for first time since January

The Health Commission said it recorded no new fatalities and confirmed only 32 cases of the illness on Monday, all imported from overseas, a further sign that the country's outbreak - previously the largest in the world - is continuing to wane.

The breakthrough in a total reduction of deaths serves as a glimmer of hope for the rest of the world that the tide can indeed be stemmed.

The Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave of infections in mainland China.

Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta on the milestone in China as the USA works to protect hospital workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Since the outbreak, the country has largely been on lockdown, with China's borders all but closed, with only citizens and permanent residents allowed to come in.

People in Wuhan will be allowed to leave the city and Hubei Province, where Wuhan is the capital, if they hold a green health code, meaning no contact with any infected or suspected COVID-19 cases, according to a circular issued by the provincial COVID-19 control headquarters.

China's health authorities reported 32 new cases nationwide, all of which were imported.

There were also 30 new asymptomatic infections, health officials said, bringing the national total to 1,033.

The number of new asymptomatic cases more than quadrupled to 137, the health authority said on Wednesday, with incoming travellers accounting for 102.

Chinese authorities do not count asymptomatic cases as part of its tally of confirmed coronavirus infections until patients show symptoms such as a fever or a cough.

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Much of China is returning to normal life.

Wuhan's government implemented lockdown has been lifted after 11 weeks, meaning residents can travel once again. Train service and flights were canceled and checkpoints were set up on roads into the central province.

The government lifted restrictions on travel from Wuhan just after midnight local time on Wednesday, according to a statement.

"I have lived in Wuhan for eight years".

As more enterprises resume their operations, Wuhan has seen an increase of almost 400,000 vehicles in transit in the past half month, and the number is expected to reach 1.8 million after Wednesday, according to the city's traffic police.

Government estimates said almost half the people expected to leave Wednesday were bound for the southern economic powerhouse of Guangdong province, a magnet for migrant workers.

At the city's Hankou train station a robot whizzed through crowds of passengers, spraying their feet with disinfectant and playing a recorded message reminding them to wear face masks.

"Before this epidemic, Wuhan was a city with a lot of vitality", Yan Hui, a Wuhan native and sales executive in her 50s who recovered from the coronavirus, as The New York Times said.

Workers have disinfected bullet trains, the entrance and exits, waiting halls and platforms of the railway stations in advance.

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