For the first time since the Coronavirus outbreak began, China reported no new local infections, a sign its epidemic may be coming under control, thus, experts warn that the country is yet to out of danger.

Iran Press/Asia: On Thursday, China reported no new local infections for the previous day, a milestone in its costly battle with the outbreak that has since become a pandemic, upending daily life and economic activity around the world.

Officials said 34 new Coronavirus cases had been confirmed, all involving people who had come to China from elsewhere, Chinese local medias reported.

In signaling that an end to China’s epidemic might be in sight, the announcement could pave the way for officials to focus more on reviving the country’s economy, which nearly ground to a halt after the government imposed travel restrictions and quarantine measures. In recent days, economic life has been resuming in fits and starts.

Experts have said that it will need to see at least 14 consecutive days without new infections for the outbreak to be considered truly over. It remains to be seen whether the virus will re-emerge once daily life restarts and travel restrictions are lifted around the country.

To contain the outbreak, the authorities shut schools and workplaces and imposed travel and quarantine restrictions on broad swaths of the population and many visitors from abroad. Since January, more than 50 million people in the central province of Hubei, including its capital, Wuhan, where the outbreak began, have been subjected to a strict lockdown.

The Chinese health authorities had earlier reported the continuation of the downward trend of coronavirus and this may open their hands to help other nations to get rid of the pandemic.

Chinese president Xi Jinping, in a message to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, praised Tehran's humanitarian efforts to help those infected with the coronavirus, saying that Beijing is ready to transfer any experience in combating the virus in Iran.

Despite the friendly countries' efforts to help Iran to overcome the Coronavirus outbreak, US sanctions and other disruptive measures of the Trump administration remains the main obstacle in this way.  

COVID-19 was first detected in China's Wuhan in late December and has since spread across the world. In late January, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency in light of the epidemic. 212/ 104


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