Lifting containment measures too early could cause a rebound in new coronavirus cases, experts including those of World Health Organization warned.
Several countries including China and South Korea have experienced new cases after restrictions were eased. This prompted fears that a new wave of infections is imminent. China, the world’s second-largest economy, implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures. The total lockdown on Wuhan ended on April 8 after 11 weeks. To date, there have been 3,213 deaths in Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, from over 64,800 reported case. In recent days there were new local clusters of infections in cities including Wuhan and Shulan.
Lesson learned, the authorities have a plan now to test all 11 million residents in Wuhan for coronavirus. Officials raised the risk level of Shulan to high from medium and reimposed some lockdown measures on the city this week. Last month, authorities reportedly tightened restrictions in Harbin city in Heilongjiang province after a rise in imported cases. Gyms in Beijing were ordered to shut again a few weeks after being allowed to resume operations.