Wuhan hospitals have no coronavirus patients, says China

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  • Wuhan hospitals have had “zero” coronavirus patients since Sunday, according to Chinese officials.
  • As the site of origin of the coronavirus, Wuhan accounts for around 84% of deaths from COVID-19 in China.
  • The city lifted its lockdown on April 8, but restrictions remain as public health experts fear a second wave of infections.
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Wuhan hospitals no longer have coronavirus patients, Chinese officials reported on Sunday nearly four months after the city was identified as the site of the virus’s origin.

Since December, Wuhan has registered around 46,000 cases of coronavirus – more than half of all confirmed cases in China. Some public health experts have suggested that the actual total of cases in China may be at least 10 times higher than the current figures.

“The latest news is that as of April 26, the number of new coronavirus patients in Wuhan was zero, thanks to the joint efforts of Wuhan and medical staff across the country,” a spokesperson for the spokesperson said. from the National Health Commission of China, Mi Feng, said during a briefing on Sunday.

Official counts indicate that around 84% of coronavirus deaths in China – nearly 4,000 – have occurred in Wuhan. Chinese authorities said on Saturday that the city has only 12 cases of coronavirus and no new infections.

Wuhan was taken into police custody on January 23 by interrupting transportation to and from the city. On February 14, the city began closing individual neighborhoods, establishing a single entrance and exit monitored by security guards. Residents were told not to go out unless they needed medical attention.

By the time the lockout restrictions were lifted on April 8, Wuhan had only reported three new infections in the past 21 days.

But there are still some limits to normal life.

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On April 9, 2020, security personnel wore face masks outside a field hospital in Wuhan.

Noel Celis / AFP / Getty Images

Schools remain closed and local authorities are asking people to stay at home as much as possible. Healthy Chinese citizens must install a “digital pass” on their smartphones that allows them to board public transport or visit hotels and restaurants. The pass also serves as a record of where someone has traveled.

“We are still fenced in our community,” Kristina Shramko, a 21-year-old Canadian citizen who lives in Wuhan on April 8, told Business Insider. “There are security personnel everywhere you go – every entrance and exit to the mall, every community, building or metro station. “

Many health experts fear a second wave of cases in China as residents return to subways, offices and stores. A recent study from the University of Hong Kong found that lifting travel restrictions in China could lead to an increase in infections imported from Italy or the United States.

On April 12, China registered more than 100 new cases of coronavirus – the highest number in five weeks.

But the number of new daily cases has remained consistently low over the past week. China reported less than a dozen new coronavirus cases and no deaths on Saturday.

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