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Chibi became the first city in Hubei province to remove checkpoints from 10am on Friday morning – a sign the coronavirus-hit region may be gradually returning to normal. The decision to remove internal checkpoints followed 19 consecutive days with no new infections in the city.

A notice from Chibi’s coronavirus control command said checkpoints stopping communication between Chibi and its neighbouring cities would remain but that internal traffic could now move freely, for the sake of spring ploughing, commodities transport, business and other normal daily needs.

Chibi is a county-level city in the southeastern part of Hubei which shares a border with Wuhan to its north. It has been in lockdown since midnight on January 23 and has reported 200 infections and five deaths, to date.

For the first time since China started publishing national infection data for Covid-19 – the disease caused by the

coronavirus– there were no new infections in Hubei province outside its capital Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.

China’s National Health Commission said on Friday all of the 126 new cases in the province were in Wuhan. There were 29 new deaths in Hubei, of which 23 were in the provincial capital, bringing the province’s total death toll to 2,931.

The latest figures follow a prediction on Thursday by senior Chinese researcher Zhang Boli – one of the 14 members on a research team working to control the outbreak – who said he expected cases in Hubei to peak in mid-March.

For the first time since China started publishing national infection data for Covid-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus.

There were no new infections in Hubei province outside its capital Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.

China’s National Health Commission said on Friday all of the 126 new cases in the province were in Wuhan. There were 29 new deaths in Hubei, of which 23 were in the provincial capital, bringing the province’s total death toll to 2,931.

The latest figures follow a prediction on Thursday by senior Chinese researcher Zhang Boli – one of the 14 members on a research team working to control the outbreak – who said he expected cases in Hubei to peak in mid-March.

China may have ‘no new virus cases’ outside Hubei epicentre by mid-March
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“According to our analysis of the statistics, we expect cities other than Wuhan in Hubei province to be basically free of coronavirus patients in the middle of March,” Zhang was quoted as saying by People’s Daily. “The hope is that Wuhan won’t have daily new cases in late March.”

Overall, there were 143 new cases and 30 new deaths on mainland China, bringing total infections to 80,552 and deaths to 3,042.

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– South Korea confirmed a total of 6,284 coronavirus cases on Friday, up by 196 cases from late Thursday
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– Lawmakers in the US reached a deal to provide $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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