Wuhan closes makeshift hospital as new COVID-19 cases in China drop sharply

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    Source : CNA

    BEIJING: The Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus epidemic closed its first makeshift hospital, one of 16 hurriedly built to handle the epidemic, after it discharged the last recovered patients, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Monday (Mar 2).

    News of the closure coincided with a sharp decline in new cases in Hubei province and the provincial capital Wuhan, but the country remained on alert as Chinese nationals returning home are testing positive for the virus.

    China’s central Hubei province, the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, reported fewer than 200 cases of new infections for the first time since January.

    Hubei had 196 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, sharply down from 570 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan 24.

    The decline was driven by a fall in new cases in Wuhan, where the virus first appeared last December, which reported 193 new infections, the lowest since Jan 26.

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