• Hubei lifts re­stric­tions; no new cases in China

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BEIJING: China lifted tough re­stric­tions on the prov­ince at the epi­cen­tre of the coro­n­avirus out­break yes­ter­day af­ter a months-long lock­down as the coun­try re­ported no new do­mes­tic cases. But there were an­other 47 im­ported in­fec­tions from over­seas, the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion said, as the num­ber of cases brought into the coun­try con­tin­ued to swell. In to­tal, 474 im­ported in­fec­tions have been di­ag­nosed in China - mostly Chi­nese na­tion­als re­turn­ing home ac­cord­ing to the for­eign min­istry.

Four more peo­ple died, health of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, three in cen­tral Hubei prov­ince where the virus first emerged late last year. China an­nounced Tuesday that the lock­down would be lifted on more than 50 mil­lion peo­ple in Hubei, with res­i­dents now al­lowed to leave if healthy, with some air­ports and train sta­tions open­ing. The city of Wuhan - the ini­tial epi­cen­tre of the out­break will al­low res­i­dents to leave from April 8.

Hubei or­dered the shut­down in Jan­uary but had been grad­u­ally eas­ing rules and per­mit­ting peo­ple to move about within the prov­ince and re­turn to work over re­cent days. Schools re­main closed, how­ever. There have been more than 81,200 cases of COVID-19 in China and 3,281 deaths from the virus. New cases have slowed dra­mat­i­cally over the last month.

But as na­tions glob­ally strug­gle to con­tain the pan­demic, surg­ing num­bers of im­ported cases in China are fu­elling anx­i­ety about a pos­si­ble sec­ond wave of in­fec­tions just as the coun­try seems to be bring­ing its out­break un­der con­trol. Many cities have brought in tough rules to quar­an­tine arrivals, and all Beijing-bound in­ter­na­tional flights are be­ing di­verted to other ur­ban cen­tres where pas­sen­gers are screened for the virus.


HANGZHOU, China: This photo taken on Tuesday shows a vis­i­tor tak­ing a selfie with a se­cu­rity guard wear­ing an aug­mented re­al­ity head­set used to mea­sure a vis­i­tor’s body tem­per­a­ture at a park.

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