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Commercial flights to partly resume operations in virus-hit Wuhan

Red herrings of the coronavirus narrative Lockdown lift of Wuhan in China on April 8
Deanna Wagner | 27 March, 2020, 03:11

Similar lockdown measures will be lifted on Wednesday for other cities in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

Since December, the country has reported over 81,000 cases of the illness in all, though some 73,000 patients have since recovered.

China is strongly pushing back on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's insistence on referring to the deadly novel coronavirus that has sparked a global pandemic as the "Wuhan virus" after the city in China where it was first detected.

Wuhan will allow residents to leave from April 8, and allow incoming trains to the city from March 28.

Beijing is keen to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic that emerged in the Hubei region's capital Wuhan in late 2019 and has killed almost 3,300 Chinese citizens to date and more than 21,000 people globally.

The National Health Commission received reports of 67 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, all of which were imported.

The flights to resume services exclude global flights and flights between Wuhan and Beijing, Wang Benju, with the provincial department of transportation, told a press conference on Wednesday.

Coronavirus cases in New York State now top 10,000
New Yorkers on Monday experienced their first full day of severe as the number of cases in the state continued to surge. As of Sunday night, there were 10,764 positive COVID-19 cases and 99 fatalities, according to the mayor's office.

But there were another 47 imported infections from overseas, the National Health Commission said, as the number of cases brought into the country continued to swell.

Also on Tuesday, four deaths and 33 new suspected cases were reported on the mainland with three of the deaths reported in Hubei.

Passengers wearing face masks wait for their train to arrive at Hefei railway station in Hefei, in Chinas eastern Anhui province which borders Hubei province, the centre of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, on March 25, 2020.

As the virus abated in Wuhan and Hubei province, over 21,000 medical personnel who were deployed there to control the virus outbreak left the province on Tuesday.

As the restrictions in Wuhan relaxed, a new study said roughly 60 per cent of people who contracted the coronavirus in Wuhan were asymptomatic or very mild cases not reported to the authorities.

The global death toll from the virus has crossed 21,000, with more than 472,000 cases confirmed worldwide, according to USA -based Johns Hopkins University.

The study also estimated that 36,798 people had been infected overall as of January 25.