Wuhan, once the hardest-hit city by novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has been classified as a low-risk area of the outbreak as the city has met the criteria of no newly confirmed cases for the last 14 days, according to the latest assessment released Saturday by local authorities.
By the end of Friday, all the 76 cities and counties in Hubei Province, which administers Wuhan, have been categorized as low-risk areas, according to the provincial COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control headquarters Saturday.
Wuhan, the provincial capital, saw its last medium-risk district of Qiaokou classified as low-risk compared with the assessment Thursday. It had its coronavirus risk evaluation downgraded from high-risk to medium-risk March 27.
On Friday, Hubei reported no newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 33 asymptomatic cases.
According to the risk criteria defined in a guideline issued by China’s State Council, cities, counties and districts with no newly confirmed cases in the last 14 days are categorized as low-risk areas, those with fewer than 50 cases or those with over 50 but without a concentrated outbreak are classified as mid-risk areas, and those with over 50 cases as well as a concentrated outbreak are classified as high-risk areas.
Chinese health authority said yesterday that it received reports of 16 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland Saturday, of which nine were imported.
The other seven new cases were domestically transmitted, the National Health Commission said in a daily report, noting that six cases were reported in Heilongjiang Province and one in Guangdong Province.
No death was reported Saturday on the mainland. Two new suspected cases, one imported and one domestic case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, were also reported.