China says no new cases confirmed locally

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Lockdown lift of Wuhan in China on April 8

"Hubei reported no new cases of confirmed infection, no new cases of suspected infections, and 6 deaths, 5 in Wuhan", the NHC said.

The hotspot of the virus remains Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province where more than 2,500 people died and over 50,000 cases were confirmed.

On Friday all transport restriction be lifted, says transportansvarlig Wang Benju on Wednesday, according to AFP news agency.

Railway stations and airports began opening from Wednesday - with the exception of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei where the virus is believed to have emerged late past year at a food market selling wild animals.

Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus infections as the epicentre of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose as Beijing ramped up controls to prevent a resurgence of infections.

Also, Hubei reported 58 new suspected cases and nation-wide 159 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus, the NHC said.

Hubei health commission said on Thursday that 914 people were still in severe condition and another 287 in critical condition in hospitals.

All of the new patients were travellers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday.

The autonomous Hong Kong region has reported 410 cases and four deaths, while 106 people recovered, the NHC data showed. By the end of Wednesday, 541 imported cases had been reported, said the commission, Xinhua reported.

China on Wednesday downgraded the risk level of the coronavirus in its epicentre Wuhan from high to medium and resumed bus services within the city for the first time since the nine-week lockdown.

Wuhan airport will resume domestic passenger flights starting the same day, authorities said Wednesday - but will not operate flights to and from Beijing.

Wuhan was the city at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic this lockdown lift will mark a significant milestone in its battle against the deadly outbreak. According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, there are 471,518 confirmed cases across the world and 21,293 deaths.

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