More provinces in China have further downgraded their emergency response toward the COVID-19 outbreak as the epidemic is receding in the country.
Shanghai announced downgrading of its emergency response to the novel coronavirus outbreak from level I to level II starting Tuesday.
The provinces of Sichuan and Heilongjiang decided to lower their emergency response to the novel coronavirus outbreak from the second level to the third level on Wednesday.
A number of provincial-level regions, including Zhejiang and Chongqing Municipality, have recently downgraded their emergency response to the third level, while northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region lowered its emergency response to the lowest fourth level starting from March 22.
China has a four-tier public health emergency response system, with level I being the highest, under which provinces must follow the unified command of the nation in developing their response strategies. More autonomy will be granted to provinces, cities and counties under responses of lower levels.
Editor: Crystal H