No new infections with the Covid-19 corona virus were found on Wednesday in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It is the first time since the December outbreak that no person has tested positive in the epicenter of the virus outbreak.
At the height of the outbreak, the first two weeks of February, there were more than 1,500 daily. In recent weeks, the number of infections in Wuhan has steadily declined. Both Monday and Tuesday, only one patient was registered in the Chinese city who had the coronavirus.
In Wuhan, as many as six people died on Wednesday from the consequences of the virus.
Across China, no new cases of infection have been identified that have passed from person to person within the country. China does, however, see an increase in infections taken by people from abroad. On Wednesday, 34 people were diagnosed with the virus, 21 of them in the capital Beijing. Those people have recently been to Italy and the UK.
Wuhan was the starting point of the virus in early December
In early December 2019, the first patient with a hitherto mysterious lung disease was discovered in Wuhan. Soon more people fell ill who shared that they had been in a market where live animals were traded. In January 2020, the virus began to spread from Wuhan into China and then around the world.
In Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million inhabitants, about 50,000 people eventually became infected. In Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, a total of 3,130 people have died from the effects of the corona virus.
The state newspaper China Daily reports that if Wuhan has no new contamination cases in the next two weeks, the lockdown may become less stringent. The city has been hermetically sealed since January 23.
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The coronavirus in short
- The coronavirus mainly spreads through sneezes and cough drops. The virus can be transmitted directly from person to person or (for a limited time) through surfaces such as door handles.
- An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
- The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
- Nearly all deaths involve the elderly or other frail, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
- Read here what precautions you should take.