China has ended its lockdown of Wuhan, as the city is re-emerging after being the place of origin of COVID-19 that is now raging across the globe.
However, some restrictions within the city will remain in place, and officials warn that the threat of further infections remains far from over.
The end of the lockdown is a triumph in China’s efforts to contain the outbreak of coronavirus that affected more than 80,000 across the country and overwhelmed health systems. Yet another milestone came this week, as the country reported on Tuesday there were no new infection cases for the first time since the outbreak began in late December.
Wuhan, a city of 11 million, had been sealed off from the rest of China since Jan. 23 in a drastic attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.
The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, as early as November 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
As of 8 April 2020, approximately 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 209 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 87,700 deaths. About 317,000 people have recovered.