CHINA HITS A MILESTONE: NO NEW LOCAL COVID19 INFECTION
April 16, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic
rampages across the world, the epicentre of the disease – China, has
marked a major milestone in curbing the virus in the country. On 17th
March 2020, China has recorded zero domestic infections for the first time
since the outbreak erupted in late December 2020.
As of 19th March 2020, more
people are infected and have died abroad than in China.
China Manage to do it?
The city of Wuhan that
sustains 11 million people were placed under lockdown on January 23.
While Hubei province with a
population of more than 40 million, was also placed under strict lockdown.
In the following days, the
rest of China witnessed a strict lockdown that limited public gatherings
and announced temporary closure of major tech industries.
On March 10, Chinese
President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan for the first time since the outbreak
began and maintained that the spread of the disease was “basically
After XI’s visit, Hubei
officials eased restrictions and allowed people to travel within the
province for the first time since January, excluding Wuhan.
Life in China is inching
towards normalcy as people are back at work, factories slowly opening
their shutters, and schools are resuming their classes.
While China has successfully
managed to contain the virus, there are concerns related to the second
wave of the COVID-19 sweeping mainland China as an average of 20,000
Chinese people are being evacuated and flying into China every day.
Beijing and other regions are
now arranged a 14-day quarantine period for most international arrivals in
designated hotels, as per the AFP report.