Chinese Prez Xi Urges Large Parts of China to Ease Coronavirus Constraints, Resume Production
Urged to recover economic activity by Prez Xi Jinping, large parts of China eased limitations on transport and movement of individuals Monday as reported new instances of the coronavirus outside the worst-hit region dropped to the lowest in a month.
Figures shown by the national health authority Monday confirmed 24 out of China’s 31 provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, and populated provinces such as Henan and Anhui – reported zero cases of new diseases on February 23, the best showing since it started publishing nationwide figures on January 20.
There had been 11 new cases in six other provincial-level jurisdictions, while in the Hubei region, the number of new cases dropped to 398 from 630 a day ago.
On Sunday, President Xi praised the positive trend and urged businesses to resume work and safeguard jobs. He told low-risk provinces to restore economic activity and production, whereas high-risk areas focused on curbing the outbreak.
Yunnan, Guangdong, Shanxi, and Guizhou Monday lowered their coronavirus emergency response measures from the most critical level, joining the provinces of Gansu and Liaoning in easing constraints on transport and movement of people.
The coronavirus has infected almost 77,000 folks and killed over 2,500 in China in one of the most severe health crisis in decades.
Whether or not China can defeat the epidemic is “a major test of Party organizations, party members and personnel of all levels,” Xi stated, warning delegates to avoid ire.