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Virus emergency alert level downgrade in parts of China

(ATF) – China has relaxed its blockade on some areas of Covid-19-hit Wuhan to permit the activities of exporters.

Travel restrictions put in place to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed almost 1,000 and infected 80,000 worldwide, have been partially lifted in 17 parts of the city in which the scourge was first identified.

The orders were made to “implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions on the defense of foreign exports,” state media reported, citing the nation’s president. 

Party leaders were severely criticized for issuing the announcement, according to an official notice seen by ATF. 

The emergency response level has also been lowered in other provinces. In the southern Guangdong province, the alert was lowered a notch to Level Two, according to the official website of the provincial Health and Health Commission. Gansu Province has been lowered to Level Three from Level One, as was Lioaning, Guizhou and Yunnan.

In Shanxi, the emergency alert was adjusted from first to second level.

Chris Gill

With over 30 years reporting on China, Gill offers a daily digest of what is happening in the PRC.


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