Wuhan Province in China records new case after a month of being declared “Coronavirus-free”

A new case of the novel Coronavirus has been reported in Wuhan, China, the city where the outbreak first started in December last year. China’s National Health Commission also reported the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days, saying 14 new infections had been confirmed. Two of the cases were imported into the country from overseas, the commission said.

The coronavirus first emerged in China’s Wuhan, a major industrial and transport city in central China, in December.

Following the outbreak earlier in the year, the country’s ruling Communist Party imposed a quarantine lockdown on tens of millions of people — first in Wuhan and then the rest of Hubei province — beginning January 23, making Wuhan the first place in the world subjected to draconian restrictions.

Authorities started lifting restrictions in late March. The total number infected in China is 82,901, with an official death toll of 4,633. No new deaths have been reported for nearly a month.