For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began, Wuhan, the Chinese city where it all started, has recorded no new cases, according to China’s health ministry. This is a massive milestone in the fight against the pandemic, as there were thousands of cases of COVID-19 in the Chinese city. The city was on lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, and Chinese health officials added that there have been only 34 new cases across the whole country – all of whom came from abroad.
Out of the 34 cases, 21 of them were located in Beijing, 9 in Guangdong, 2 in Shanghai, 1 in Zhejiang and 1 in Heilongjiang.
China’s total number of cases has risen to 80,928, but China’s Health Ministry added that there are still 7,263 confirmed cases remaining, of which 2,314 are in serious condition, and 105 suspected cases.
To add to that, he said that 683,281 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients, and 9,144 are now under medical observation.
It’s important to note that China took swift measures to ensure the transmission of the virus remains at a minimum, including mass lockdowns, constructing hospitals in just a few days, and disinfections of whole cities.
Ben Cowling, Hong Kong University’s School of Public Health’s head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics said that it’s very clear that the actions taken in China have almost brought the spread of the virus to an end.
However, he questioned what would happen if there’s a second wave, because the kind of measures China has implemented are not sustainable in the long term. China instructed more than 10 million people to stay indoors at its height, and the country has been commended on its quick-acting to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Gauden Galea, World Health Organization representative in China, told UN News that it is an epidemic that has been nipped as it was growing and stopped in its tracks. So, according to Dr. Galea, the world has learned a big lesson: that the natural course of the outbreak does not need to be a very high peak that overwhelms health services, but the trick is in containment. He believes that every country in the world can learn from that lesson and adapt to their own circumstances.