May 11, 2020
Health authorities reported a second day of new Covid-19 cases in Wuhan today, a month since the pandemic’s ground zero last recorded such a case.
Yesterday, local health officials said one person had tested positive and today there were five more cases.
The new cases were all from the same residential compound, inhabited by mostly older people.
There were also 11 new asymptomatic cases reported in Hubei province where the city is located. China is recording symptomatic and asymptomatic cases separately.
Today’s new cases in China also included five in the northeast.
At least 11 cases connected to a local laundry worker were reported over the weekend, prompting the citywide lockdown of Shulan, with a population of around 670,000 people.
The Covid-19 virus first emerged in Wuhan late last year before spreading through the entire Hubei province and subsequently the world, killing more than 280,000 and infected more than four million people.
Authorities had imposed draconian restrictions on travel and movement in the city but the lockdown began to ease in recent weeks, as authorities said the disease was under control.
The total number infected in China is around 83,000, with more than 4,600 dead.
No new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in that country for nearly a month, with life gradually returning to normal after months of disruption.
The new infections in China comes as many European nations begin to ease their lockdowns, imposed to halt the spread of the virus.
Many parts of the United States, which is the worst-hit country were also easing restrictions despite still rising rates of infection.
Health experts had warned that too hasty a return to normal could spark a second wave of infections, and point out that restrictions will have to remain until there is a vaccine.