Chinese officials reported from Hubei Province and Wuhan that they have no new reported cases of coronavirus, the first since the outbreak started. Wednesday, March 18, was the first day that no new cases were reported since the virus was first transmitted.

34 cases were reported in other Chinese provinces, 21 in Beijing and nine in Guangdong that officials said were imported from other countries abroad. But the lack of transmission is what scientists consider to be the epicenter of the issue is a win in the now global fight to stop the disease and contain its spread.

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“Today we have seen the dawn after so many days of hard effort,” said Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector with the National Health Commission. Wuhan is still under lockdown and only those with permission are allowed to travel in or out. China imposed strict government-enforced quarantine rules to stem the virus, including a strict travel ban. Government officials closed grocery stores and placed high-risk individuals into quarantine shelters to keep the virus from spreading.

Authorities say the lockdown will be lifted if no new cases are reported for two consecutive weeks.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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