The central Chinese city of Wuhan announced on Friday that it had cleared all hospital cases of Covid-19 where patients have exhibited symptoms.
State newspaper Global Times said that “the last three Covid-19 patients in Wuhan have recovered and been discharged from hospital” – a development that has been met on Chinese social media with mass praise.
At its peak, there were more than 50,000 confirmed cases in the city, the original epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
However, it is worth noting that China omits from its data any cases where patients have tested positive for Covid-19, but have not exhibited symptoms. It began recording these separately from 1 April.
Over the last couple of weeks, Wuhan carried out an extensive drive to test all 11 million of its citizens so that it could record all such cases. According to the Hubei provincial health commission, 217 people who are asymptomatic are still under medical observation.