First cluster of infections in Wuhan since lockdown was lifted

Grigory Matyunin 11-May-2020
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Wuhan, the epicentre of the covid-19 pandemic, has seen a series of new infections after a lockdown was lifted a month ago allowing businesses to restart work and individuals resume their daily lives. Five new cases were confirmed prompting fears a resurgent virus.

The recent cases have all been asymptomatic, meaning that the individuals carried the virus and could infect others but showed no signs of ill health. Such cases are not normally recorded on China’s official tally which has recorded nearly 83,000 cases and over four thousand deaths.

Beijing stated on Friday that it intended to gradually reopen museums, cinemas and cultural centres insofar as precautions such as social distancing could be maintained.

Shanghai has gradually been reopening its economy. The Disneyland park was reopened on Monday although the number of visitors permitted to enter was reduced.

New outbreaks have mainly taken place in housing complexes and hospitals.

“In the past 14 days, seven provinces have reported new locally transmitted cases, with cases involving clusters continuing to increase,” Mi Feng, the spokesman for the National Health Commission, told a media briefing,

“We need to investigate and determine the origin of the infections and transmission routes.”