On Monday, China announced no new local cases of the deadly coronavirus but confirmed another 39 infections from overseas. The NHC said that nine more people died, all in the epicentre city of Wuhan in which the virus first appeared late last year.
Two months since China took the drastic steps to lock up some 56 million individuals in Wuhan and the nearby Hubei province, infections have slowed considerably, and there have been no new cases in the province for five consecutive days.
Travel and work controls in the province have been slowly relaxed and earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan— his first as the crisis exploded.
While the infection rate in China is rising, the rest of the world has stepped up. Efforts to try to combat the raging pandemic. China worries about an invasion of infections from many other countries. The number of cases being imported gradually increasing to 350 in the last few weeks. Of Monday’s 39 new cases registered, ten had been in Shanghai, and ten was in Beijing.
Many cities have implemented strict rules to quarantine new arrivals. Sunday, the country’s aviation authorities announced it will redirect all Beijing-bound international flights. This is to other cities where they would be screened for the virus. More than 81,000 cases report in China. The death toll has exceeded 3,270. More than 14,400 people around the world have died from the outbreak.