is the corona virus in china slowing down

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  • Feb 17, 2020

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Draconian measures, which seems to have put out the outbreaks in China, gradually relaxed.

Chongqing, China – “! See What big fish!” Shijiu Ding cried in joy after catching carp from the lake where he usually go fishing.

Sitting under a tree full of spring flowers on a warm day, ding finally able to catch up with old friends over a few sessions fishing -. something he has been able to do since the start sweeping across China in January, prompting a lockdown major cities and provinces across the country

“the last two months feels real and, trust me, I’m almost 70 years old, and I have seen a lot of things, “said the pointing her friends, unable to contain his excitement to see them again.

“But we’re all still alive, and I’m just very happy that the worst has passed

.” This is the first time I came fishing back in the lake since the Lunar New Year – I am very happy, “who said with a smile, before trying to reel in the other fish.

like many people in China, who has spent nearly all of the last two months in the house as the central government imposes qua never before before steps rantine across the country in an effort to drastically containing COVID-19, a disease caused by a virus. the central province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan, where the virus was thought to have originated, was completely closed.

because the number of COVID 19 confirmed cases abroad each day has surpassed them in China, cruel measures seem to have quell outbreaks of the country – especially outside Hubei – gradually relaxed

Chongqing, the hometown which bordering Hubei, has more than 500 confirmed cases since the disease began to spill into the municipality .. But now, there has been no case in town for a few days.

This slowdown not only in Chongqing. Across the country, 13 of 34 provinces in China have cleared their remaining cases, and about 69,000 of the 81,000 confirmed cases have been exhausted.

Even in Hubei, where about 10,000 cases remain, the pressure on the front line medical workers have died down. , On March 17, the first batch of nearly 4,000 medical personnel were deployed to Wuhan to help control the outbreak can leave

With so many provinces have lowered the level of their emergency response, China is slowly – and carefully – back to normal life

gradually resume classes after most students spent the last month or so at home and online learning .. in the province were classified as “low risk of infection,” including Guizhou, Qinghai, Tibet and Xinjiang, the local government has allowed institutions to resume classes this month.

“I can not really focus when taking online courses, and I can not waste any more time for the college entrance exam is in a few months,” said Ouyang Yanjiang, a student in Guiyang, referring the highly competitive national exams that determine a student can attend. “I am pleased that we are going back to school.”

Meanwhile, the factory was ordered to stop operation also started to pick up their assembly lines after what many small business owners who spoke to Al Jazeera described as something akin to a “near-death experience” for their company.

according to the latest report released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in January and February, the peak of the epidemic in this country, industrial output has the second largest economy in the world fell to its lowest point since 1998, and the unemployment rate jumped to more than 6 percent, a record high.

suspension has encouraged many companies to near- bankruptcy, but as quarantine measures have been loosened, many are preparing for a rebound in production.

The cities that have a high density of industries, including Guangzhou and Shenzhen manufacturing in the south, which organize their employees back to work and encourage the resumption of lo ng-suspended business

For example, the path production of Woniu, plant-based kitchen Guangzhou, halted on Jan. 20 – .. the government confirmed human transmission of the virus

head of the factory, told Al Jazeera that, with their income close to zero during the last two months, they has been on the verge of closing the facility for good. But on March 9, their proposal to reopen accepted by the government, and theynow back in business.

“It’s still high pressure to just break even, but at least we are now back to work,” said Liu Lufei Al Jazeera during chat sessions on Taobao, the online shopping site under Alibaba. “God, it was a difficult time.”

Victims hard plague took the life of the community also appeared to subside.

Chengdu, famous for hotpots and foodie culture, now has only a dozen cases left and the provincial government has said no new ones have been detected over the last three weeks.

which has allowed the gradual reopening of the restaurant, though people remain cautious.

in the video shared online, the restaurant patrons lined up in front of the city hotpot restaurant -. wearing masks and keep a safe distance from each other

During the peak of an outbreak of coronavirus, a resident of Chengdu, told Al Jazeera that the first thing they would do when the end of the emergency is to go to the restaurant, “eat hotpots with friends and family”.

for the city whose soul is “hotpot taste”, as some playful described, Chengdu hotpot restaurant reopening give residents an almost unparalleled assurance that the worst of the reak outb indeed passed.

“We are only allowed to receive 50 percent of the maximum capacity of our restaurants for dine-in guests, and it is a rule for all restaurants in Sichuan (the surrounding provinces),” Xiao Ma, waiters in Shudaxia, a hotpot restaurant famous in Chengdu, said. “But in the last few days, we have hit a line that is almost non-stop.”

“People’s appetite has been buried for too long,” Ma said jokingly.

In addition to eating out, people also gradually regain their ability to travel. Many provinces and cities have continued their public transport, including long-distance bus inter-provincial suspended throughout the country after the Wuhan closed on 23 January.

Even in Hubei, the provincial epidemic prevention and control commands have enabled the “low and medium-risk” areas, such as Xianning and Yichang, began operating public transport again.

News coverage has also plague subsided. In late January and February, it is difficult to turn on the television or use the phone without constantly exposed to news of coronavirus -. But with the epicenter shifted to Europe, many entertainment events that recur in Chinese TV

“Now I can watch something on TV is not about coronavirus, and that was unimaginable a month ago,” said Zeng Yunru, residents Wuhan ,. “It’s funny that we all seem to have forgotten what life was like before the virus.”

barber reopening, the park welcomes tourists again, migrant workers make their way back to their jobs – calamities that plagued the Chinese community that really seem to be receding steadily.

As life began to return to normal, however, experts are concerned that there is still an underlying risk. There is concern that as soon as the extensive quarantine measures lifted, China will be hit by the second wave of infection, mainly because of the coronavirus which is now the case of a pandemic and global imports in excess of the local ones.

China reported only one case of domestic new coronavirus on Monday, in Hubei. Twenty other cases of travelers arriving from abroad

“I do not think anyone said the outbreak ended – just the worst seems to be,”. Zeng said when asked about her concerns. “What can we do still exercising social distance and slowly driving us back to normal life.”

Big decline in China coronavirus infection

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