For the first day in months, Wuhan has reported no new cases of the coronavirus.

By Cailey Rizzo
March 19, 2020

Wuhan and the Hubei province — the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak — reported no new local cases of the virus on Thursday.

“Today, we have seen the dawn after so many days of hard effort,” Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector at the National Health Commission, said, according to The Associated Press.

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Although this is a great feat, China as a whole still reported 34 new cases, which were all brought back by travelers who had gone abroad. Health officials warn a second wave of the virus is likely.

In the few months that the virus has circulated around China, at least 81,000 people or 1 percent of the population was infected by the disease, as noted by Johns Hopkins University's real-time map.

Hubei remains under mass quarantine, although that may be lifted soon. Elsewhere in the country, quarantine measures are slowly being lifted. States are restarting their public transportation system. Classes are gradually resuming and factories are restarting business, according to Al Jazeera

A medical worker (R) embraces a member of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after helping with the COVID-19 coronavirus recovery effort, in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 19, 2020. - Medical teams from across China began leaving Wuhan this week after the number of new coronavirus infections dropped. China on March 19 reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus for the first time since it started recording them in January, but recorded a spike in infections from abroad.
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Earlier this month, Wuhan also closed its first makeshift hospital after it discharged its last recovered patient, according to Reuters. Health personnel who were parachuted into Wuhan during the crisis are being allowed to return home. During the pandemic, Wuhan built 16 temporary hospitals to help handle the explosion of coronavirus cases.

As Wuhan and parts of China may be turning the corner on the virus that has affected over 200,000 people worldwide, Italy is now considered the epicenter of the outbreak and is under extremely strict quarantine.

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Last week, South Korea also became hopeful in their recovery as the number of recovered individuals outpaced their newly reported cases.

“We’ve managed to turn the corner, but there are concerns about overseas inflows, as well as possible infections at home around such facilities as call centers, computer cafes and karaoke rooms,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said.

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