The Chinese officials breathed a sigh of relief during the following days as the novel coronavirus showed signs of slowing down. However, it was the calm before the storm as the virus strain came back with a vengeance. On Friday, the total number of confirmed cases across mainland China rose to 66,492 after the addition of 2,641 cases on Friday alone.
The death toll saw the most rise as deaths rose to a whopping 1,523 from a low of 143. The entire city of Wuhan is in complete lockdown as the resources starting to look scarce day by day. Notably, the city houses 11 million residents. A variety of reports also quotes that including the population of Wuhan around 500 million people across the mainland of China have been subjected to some kind of lockdown and restrictions in order to fend the virus to further spread.
The National Health Commission official Liang Wannain quoted in a press conference that despite the outbreak of the strain the government is doing everything in their power to control the outbreak and resume regular law and order. The Chinese government has been trying to get the world’s second-largest economy in place after the virus strain exploded during the wee days of the Lunar New Year.
“From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving,” Beijing’s virus prevention working group said in a notice cited by the Beijing Daily.
“Those who refuse to accept home or centralized observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under the law,” it said. The number of trade fairs, sports events and industry conferences that have been canceled due to the outbreak will certainly take a toll on China’s economy and will perhaps take years to recover.