China on Thursday achieved a major milestone as the country did not report even a single domestic coronavirus case for the first time ever since the virus broke out. However, the country is still battling its way against the imported cases, reports NDTV.
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As per the reports, there were no new cases of the virus reported in Wuhan, which is the epicenter where the virus originated. This laudable curb in the number is the result of the efforts of the Chinese government that has placed people in Wuhan under strict quarantine since January 23. 40 million other people in the rest of Hubei province were also asked to follow stringent quarantine following the lockdown in the province.
To this day, over 81,000 people in China have been infected with the virus, out of which, 7,263 people still remain sick.
On March 10, the Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan for the first time since the virus broke out in the province. People have now been allowed to travel across the provinces. Factories, schools and offices slowly and steadily have also begun to function as normal in China.
However, the country is still trying it best to ensure no person flying into China brings the virus with themselves. Currently, China sees at least 20,000 foreign visitors on a daily basis and with most of the countries reporting Coronavirus cases, many among these people could be infected with the virus.
Therefore, China has adopted a rigorous screening process and had made 14-day quarantine a compulsion for everyone entering China.
While cases in China have plunged, life in Italy has taken a beating due to the countrywide spread of the virus, which has currently been locked down. Single-day death cases in Italy shot up to record 475 on Wednesday, which is a 16% increase in deaths reported in a single day.
The country has reported 2,978 cases so far. The infected cases in the European country rose to 35,713 from a previous 31,506, up 13.35%, the Civil Protection Agency said.
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As far as India is concerned, the Health Ministry has reported 169 positive cases of the virus until now out of which three in their 60-70s have died.