Today, for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, China has reported no new local cases of the infection in the Hubei province. That means that people inside the country are no longer infecting each other. At the same time, it is not the end of the outbreak as new cases are still being “imported” from abroad — yesterday 34 new cases were registered, all of a foreign origin.
“Today we have seen the dawn,” said Jiao Yahui working at the National Health Commission.
China’s example show that quarantine measures work, however, scientists are not sure what will happen when life goes back to normal — a new wave of the outbreak is probable.
China became the center of the outbreak last December when a novel type of coronavirus was detected there. After Wuhan and near located cities were quarantined, the number of deaths and infections started to decline there.
About a week ago, COVID-19 affected all other regions and the outbreak was called a pandemic with a new epicenter in Europe. At the moment, the disease has already killed 9,285 people (most of them were people in their 70s and 80s). 85,955 people have already recovered.