COVID-19: China reports zero fresh cases, Sub-Saharan Africa reports first death

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If the numbers put out by the National Medical Commission of China are to be believed, then the nation has reported zero fresh cases on Thursday, signalling relief to the beleaguered nation that has been the epicentre of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

Wuhan, where the virus originated, reported zero cases and so did the other provinces. This has also prompted the authorities to relax the strict lock down in the Huaibei province. People have been allowed to move around the province, except in the city of Wuhan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan in a show of strength. This came nearly three months after the breakout of the virus.

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Huaibei has been in a state of lockdown since January 23. Till date, China has reported over 80,000 positive cases and more than 3500 deaths.

Authorities fear the destruction to be caused by the second wave of the virus that is yet to emerge. This is due to the large number of international travelers entering China everyday.

Elsewhere, Sub-Saharan Africa reported a spike in the number of cases and also claimed its first victim. A lawmaker from the Republic of Burkina Faso, with a known history of Diabetes passed away in Ouagadougou, the capital city.

She was 62 years old and was the Vice-President of the Parliament. The total number of cases stands at 27.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the situation is grim in the second largest continent due to its history of internecine wars, under development and overcrowding of public health infrastructure.

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