Wuhan in first coronavirus cluster since end of lockdown

By BBC On Mon, 11 May, 2020 12:36 | < 1 min read
The virus first emerged in China, where the economy has been battered by the epidemic. PHOTO | NOEL CELIS | AFP

New coronavirus clusters have been reported in Wuhan city – where the virus fist emerged – and the north-eastern province of Jilin in China.

Wuhan reported five new cases on Monday, after confirming its first case since 3 April on Sunday.

Authorities said the small cluster of cases were all from the same residential compound.

China has been easing restrictions in recent weeks and cases had been declining.

Health authorities and experts have warned that as countries emerge from strict lockdowns and people move around more freely, a rise in infections is likely.

The small Wuhan cluster is the first since the end of the strict lockdown on 8 April. All of the latest cases were previously classified as asymptomatic.

Over the weekend, Shulan city in Jilin province, near the borders with Russia and North Korea, reported 11 new cases.

What’s happening in Shulan?

Chinese state media reported that 11 domestically transmitted cases had been recorded in Shulan on Saturday.

A day later, the city declared martial law and went into lockdown, with the government ordering all public places to be temporarily shut, said a Global Times report.

Shulan has been upgraded to high-risk, the only city in the country with this designation.

All residents have been told to stay home and only one family member is allowed out each day to buy essential products.

All public transportation has been suspended and taxis are not allowed to leave the city.

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