beijing sources stated that tens of of thousands of people in wuhan, the origin point and epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic, began traveling out of the sprawling city on wednesday as china lifted its 73-day lockdown, even as the number of fresh COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000 in the country and two new deaths heightened concerns of a rebound in infections.
The National health Commission (NHC) said on wednesday that 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on tuesday, including 59 cases of people returning from abroad, taking the total tally to 1,042. Three new domestic cases were reported, including two in Shandong Province and one in Guangdong Prone. Also on tuesday, 137 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported and 1,095 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation.
Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those who test positive for the virus but do not show any symptoms and have the potential to cause sporadic clusters of infections. Two deaths were reported on tuesday, with one in shanghai and the other in Hubei Province, taking the overall death toll in the country to 3,333, it said. On monday, the NHC reported no deaths for the first time after it began publishing COVID-19 daily reports since january this year. Moreover wednesday is yet another landmark day in china as it lifted about the 73-day lockdown of wuhan city of 11 million people, ending its painful isolation due to COVID-19 which was first detected there in december last year. No new confirmed case of coronavirus was reported on tuesday in Hubei province and its capital wuhan, but the province recorded one death.