China reports zero domestic Coronavirus cases for 1st time: imported infections surge

China reports zero domestic Coronavirus cases for 1st time: imported infections surge :- China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against the Coronavirus pandemic as Wuhan, the epicentre of the country’s virus outbreak, reported no new infections for the first time, while imported cases surged by a record, led by new infections in the capital of Beijing.

China reports zero domestic Coronavirus cases for 1st time

The new imported infections also accounted for all of the new confirmed cases in mainland China, placing more pressure on authorities to screen travellers at key travel hubs.

In recent days, China has increasingly focused its counter-epidemic efforts on inbound travellers as the Coronavirus rapidly expanded its global footprint, raising the prospect of a second wave of infections arriving from abroad.

Beijing reported 21 new cases of infections from abroad on Wednesday, mostly people travelling from Spain and Britain. The Beijing infections accounted for the bulk of the 34 new imported cases seen in mainland China.

According to the report of the state-backed China Daily, the city is expected to see new Covid-19 infections dry up by mid-to-late March and which could mean lead to the city’s lockdown being lifted once there are no new cases for 14 days.

The director of China’s State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Li Lanjuan told China Daily, “If no new case of the virus has been reported for 14 consecutive days in Wuhan following the last reported case, we believe it will be the time when the lockdown can be gradually lifted. We expect new cases will cease to appear in mid or late March. After the lockdown is loosened, we still need to strictly carry out routine measures to prevent and control the virus to prevent a possible rebound of the outbreak.”

Wuhan — the central city where the virus first emerged in December — and its 11 million people were placed under strict quarantine on January 23, with more than 40 million other people in the rest of Hubei province entering lockdown in the following days. The rest of China also enacted tough measures to limit public gatherings. So far, China has reported 80,928 confirmed cases and 3,245 deaths. A total of 70,420 patients have recovered.

Life has slowly started to return to normal in the rest of the country, with people back at work, factories up and running, and schools in some regions resuming or preparing to go back to class. However, there is concern about a second wave of infections due to an influx of cases from abroad, with an average of 20,000 people flying into China every day.

Beijing and other regions are now requiring most international arrivals to go into 14-day quarantine in designated hotels. Elsewhere, infections from what is now a global pandemic continue to rise.

The disease is believed to have jumped from an animal to humans at a market that illegally sold wild game in Wuhan late last year. Globally, the number of confirmed cases was 208,512, with 8,821 deaths.

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