China's Hubei cleared of suspected Covid-19 cases


A man wearing a face mask fishes at a lake in Jiujiang, a city which sits on the border between China’s central Jiangxi province and Hubei province, the epicentre of the country's Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, on March 17, 2020. - AFP

WUHAN, March 18 (Xinhua): Central China's Hubei Province reported zero new suspected case of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for two consecutive days, the provincial health commission said Wednesday (March 18).

The number of existing suspected cases has been reduced to zero as well after ruling out three suspected cases on Tuesday.

The hard-hit province reported one new confirmed case and 11 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed Covid-19 cases to 67,800. The newly confirmed case was reported in Wuhan, the provincial capital and epicentre of the outbreak.

As of Tuesday, Hubei had seen no newly confirmed Covid-19 cases for 13 consecutive days in its 16 cities and prefectures outside Wuhan.

The province also saw 896 patients discharged from hospital after recovery on Tuesday, bringing the total number of discharged patients in the province to 56,883.

Among the 7,336 hospitalised patients, 2,077 were still in severe condition and another 503 in critical condition. - Xinhua

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