No new cases in Wuhan of Coronavirus

For the first time in a while, good news has been reported about the coronavirus. The city where the first case of the coronavirus was identified, Wuhan, in China, recently has reached an enormous milestone. Since the outbreak of the virus, a couple a months ago, Wuhan hasn’t recorded a new case. The China Health ministry shared this information and hopes that more cities around Chine will soon follow. 

Wuhan was one of the first cities in China that had to go into lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus. Thousands of cases have been reported from the city, but now no new cases have been recorded. China is still in lockdown, and 34 cases have been reported around the country. All those new cases are people that have come to China or people that have been coming back home. The majority of those 34 new cases, 24, are people from Beijing, Guangdong has nine cases, Shanghai has two new cases, and Zhejiang and Heilongjiang have one each.

With those 34 new cases around China, the total number of cases has risen to 80,928 and 3,245 deaths. The Chinese Health Ministry has also added that 7,263 people are still suffering from the coronavirus, which 2,314 are in critical condition. More people are being tested every day, and 105 people are suspected of having the virus.

China was the first country to go under mass lockdown, which is crucial to prevent future transmission. Officials from every city have sent people to clean and disinfect the streets, and even numerous hospitals have been built, especially for patients that have the virus.

(200315) — WUHAN, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) — Aerial photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows a view of Wuhan City, central China’s Hubei Province. Wuhan is bathed in spring sunshine on Sunday. (Xinhua/Li He)

Ben Cowling, who is the head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics, at the University’s School of Public Health, in Hong Kong, has said that the measures that China has taken so that the virus could be stopped from spreading have been useful. He has added that although the measures have been effective for the first wave of the virus, they are not effective in the long term. In the future, they may be a second wave, and these kinds of measures will not be sustainable. 

(200318) — WUHAN, March 18, 2020 (Xinhua) — A medical worker of the ICU (intensive care unit) conducts disinfection at the Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, March 17, 2020. During the fight against the COVID-19, medical workers of the ICU of Huoshenshan Hospital work around the clock in rotations to race against time for saving the life of patients of the COVID-19 in severe and critical condition. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Around the world, 218,000 people have been reported to have the coronavirus, and almost 9,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. Dr. Gauden Galea, who is a representative of the World Health Organization in China, has said that the epidemic has been stopped in its early stages, which is proven by the data that has been sent by the countries which were hit first.

This is a lesson that teaches people and experts that outbreaks like this don’t need to be at their high peak to be eradicated. Every country that is going through the coronavirus epidemic can learn from China and take the same measures as they did.