WASHINGTON - Chinese officials said Sunday that all COVID patients have been discharged from hospitals in Wuhan, the origin of the outbreak in the country late last year.
Wuhan, which saw roughly half of all of China’s coronavirus cases, was placed into a strict lockdown in January and sealed off from the rest of the country. Though many restrictions have been eased, residents are still being regularly tested for the virus.
Most of the globe remained on lockdown over the weekend in an effort to contain the COVID pandemic.
But in Spain, officials allowed children to go outside for the first time in six weeks beginning Sunday.
For weeks, only adults have been allowed out of their homes in Spain for essential shopping, but beginning Sunday, children were allowed to accompany their parents for one hour within strict guidelines including only being able to take one toy outside and not being permitted to interact with other children.
A new report by the European Center for Disease Control said that more Spanish healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 than anywhere else in the world.
The report said about 18% of the 205,905 coronavirus cases in Spain were confirmed among its health-care workers. The report found that 10% of Italy’s cases and 3% of the U.S. cases were detected in those who work in the medical field.
Spain has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, after the United States.
Italy and France, two of the harder-hit countries in Europe, are beginning to warily ease social restrictions as well.
Boris Johnson, the first world leader to test positive for COVID-19, is expected to return to work on Monday after weeks of recovery following his time in the intensive care unit.
India, which imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, has allowed some neighborhood stores to resume business, though not in the hardest-hit cities.
South Korea, which was one of the first countries to see an outbreak of the virus after China, reported the ninth straight day with fewer than 20 new infections.
New York, which is now the epicenter of the global pandemic, will soon be allowing residents to go to their local pharmacies for COVID-19 testing.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that 5,000 pharmacies will be allowed to conduct the tests, with the goal of carrying out 40,000 tests each day.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide have topped 2.8 million and fatalities have now exceeded 200,000, according to John’s Hopkins University statistics.