March 19, 2020:
CHINA today recorded zero domestic infection for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic last December.
Authorities announced that there are no new cases in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, whereupon its 11 million people and more than 40 million others in Hubei province were placed under strict quarantine.
China also enacted tough measures across the country to limit public gatherings.
There were however eight more deaths — all in Hubei — raising the nationwide total to 3,245.
There have been nearly 81,000 infections in China but only 7,263 people remain sick compared to the global total which has jumped to over 200,000, with more than 8,700 deaths.
Yesterday, Hubei announced it was partially opening its borders to allow healthy people from low-risk areas to leave the province if they have jobs or residences elsewhere.
People across the country are also slowly going back to work and schools in some regions resuming classes.
There was however the concern about a second wave of infections due to an influx of cases from abroad, with an average of 20,000 people flying into China every day.
Beijing and other regions are now requiring most international arrivals to go into 14-day quarantine.
The National Health Commission said there were 34 more cases imported cases, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, with 189 in total now.