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Chinese officials report no new coronavirus cases in Wuhan for first time since outbreak

WUHAN, March 11, 2020 A staff member makes a V sign to people after sealing off the door of the Jiangxia temporary hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 10, 2020.. The last two temporary hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province, were shut down Tuesday, marking the closure of all 16 temporary hospitals in the city.. Featuring traditional Chinese medicine treatment, Jiangxia temporary hospital shut down Tuesday afternoon after 26 days of operation. (Credit Image: © Chen Yehua/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

WUHAN — China’s health ministry says the virus epicenter of Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province have reported no new cases.

The ministry said Thursday that results over the past 24 hours showed 34 new cases, all detected in people arriving from abroad.

Eight new deaths were reported, all in Wuhan.

Wuhan at the peak reported thousands of new cases of coronavirus infection daily, overwhelming its health care system.

Of those new cases of infection, 21 were in Beijing, nine in the southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong, two in Shanghai and one each in coastal Zhejiang and Heilongjing in the far northeast.

China has only just begun loosening draconian travel restrictions within the country, but has stepped-up 14-day quarantine regulations on those arriving in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere from overseas, amid expectations of a new influx of students and others returning home.

China has now recorded a total of 80,928 confirmed virus cases with 3,245 deaths. Another 70,420 people have been released from hospital and 7,263 remain in treatment.