CHINA says it has just one new case of coronavirus in the whole country after it successfully halted the epidemic with the world’s toughest lockdown.
Officials said there was one domestic positive test in the last 24 hours plus another 20 cases “imported” from abroad as Beijing imposes a mandatory quarantine for foreigners.
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Previously China was home to 99 per cent of the world’s coronavirus cases, but now has just 45 per cent.
Beijing is now worried about infection arriving from outside the country and now requires almost all international visitors to sit out a 14-day quarantine at designated isolation hotels.
China also reported 13 new deaths overnight – bringing its total to 3,226.
The virus’s epicentre Wuhan has recorded 80,881 cases since the outbreak began, but fewer than 9,000 people are still unwell.
The virus has now taken hold firmly in Europe as a number of countries hunker down for a two-week lockdown period.
Across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain and a number of other countries people are being encouraged to work from home and stay in their homes as much as possible.
Italy and Spain currently hold the second and fourth top spots respectively for number of cases.
Italy currently has 27,980 cases and Spain has 9,942.
Following the dramatic reduction China is now hoping to kick-start its economy after a 20 per cent slump in February.
The focus is on reopening factories and businesses affected by the strict containment policies.
One of the worst-hit industries is China’s airlines, with losses of 20.96 billion yuan (£2.4 billion).
The total number of passengers fell by 84.5 per cent year-on-year.
Local governments have been encouraged to get citizens back to work “as soon as possible” to help iron out labour shortages and supply chain disruptions.
China says it has managed to reduce the number of cases and most reported cases are now coming out of other countries.
The Communist regime credits firm measures they took in January and February, including the near total shutdown of 55million people in Hubei province, for preventing the spread to the rest of the population.