China to significantly reduce worldwide flights amid coronavirus concerns

COVID-19: Hubei lockdown lifted, but people must pass rapid detection test to travel out

China reports second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus transmissions, imported cases rise

Wary of another outbreak from imported cases, authorities in major cities including Beijing have strengthened screening and quarantine measures, requiring all overseas travelers to undergo quarantine at designated facilities at their own expense.

China's aviation regulator on Thursday (March 26) asked domestic airlines to reduce their worldwide routes to only one per country while capping the number of flights to no more than one flight per week. Another 58 suspected cases also owe their origins to sources outside mainland China, mostly involving Chinese citizens returning from overseas.

On Wednesday, six deaths were reported from Hubei province taking the death toll in China to 3,287 people and total number of cases to 81,285. Public transport restarted and residents in the city of Xianning strolled the streets wearing masks.

Although no new cases have been reported in Hubei province and its capital Wuhan for some time, the death toll has been steadily increasing.

China has made a decision to lift the three-month lockdown on more than 56 million people in the central Hubei province.

The government has downgraded the risk level of Wuhan for Covid-19 outbreak from high to medium, according to official media reports.

Most of these infections involved Chinese nationals returning home.

All of the new patients were travelers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday.

Shanghai will make every global traveller arriving from 1800 local time (1000 GMT) on Thursday go into quarantine for 14 days, the local government announced, having previously only required this for travellers who had visited any of 24 badly hit countries in the previous two weeks.

Elsewhere in the city, life is slowly returning to normal, but many locals are still concerned that the lifting of restrictions will mean the virus could return.

Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, Shanghai had the most with 18, followed by Inner Mongolia on 12 and Guangdong on 11. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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