China Reports Zero COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since Outbreak

By Ned Kelly

For the first time since Chinese health authorities started publishing COVID-19 figures in January, the country reported that no coronavirus deaths occurred on Monday, reports Shine

Two deaths were, however, reported to have occurred on Tuesday one in Shanghai and the other in Hubei province. A day without deaths is nonetheless being hailed as a milestone in the country, which has now suffered 3,333 confirmed deaths since the outbreak begun. 

The news also came as authorities lifted travel curbs from Wuhan  considered ground zero of the pandemic  after 76 days. It is estimated some 55,000 passengers will leave Wuhan for various destinations today. 

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Seventeen trains, including 13 high-speed trains, are scheduled to travel from Wuhan to Shanghai alone, while 40% leaving the city are heading to the Pearl River Delta region, according to the China Wuhan Railway Group.

On Tuesday, there were reports of 62 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland, of which 59 were imported, accounting for 95% of new cases. The trend has led to China stepping up measures to prevent COVID-19 cases being imported through land borders and ports, the government said on Monday.

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