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China Opens Part Of Great Wall Of China As Normalcy Restores After COVID-19 Outbreak

While the entire world is battling with global pandemic coronavirus, it’s epicentre China is emerging as a ray of hope as normalcy is returning to the country after months-long deadly fight against the virus. On March 24, China opened part of the Great Wall to tourists after two-months of complete lockdown. 

Badaling section of the Great Wall Opens

The Badaling section of the Great Wall will be open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. The daily number of visitors will be capped at 19,500. Around 60 kilometers from Beijing, it’s the most popular section of the wall for tourists.

While China is trying to take its industries higher after a major slowdown, it’s attempt gained support as a total of 892 tickets had been reserved by visitors to visit the area as of 2 pm on Tuesday. 

In January, China had closed all its museums and tourist spots after coronavirus gripped Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan.  The virus, which first emerged in December, spread to other parts of the country rapidly and in just two months hit other countries including Italy, Iran, USA, Spain, India, Pakistan among others. 

China ends lockdown in Hubei

On March 24, China announced that it is ending coronavirus lockdown from Hubei province after almost two months as the country reported just one new domestic infection in three days. 

Before seeing a downward trend in the country, coronavirus infected as many as 81,171 and claimed 3,277 lives. Taking a precautionary measure, China announced a complete lockdown of the Hubei province in a bit to contain the spread. China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan beginning January 23 in a surprise middle-of-the-night announcement and expanded that to most of the province in succeeding days. 

For months the virus raged in the provincial capital Wuhan and surrounding cities. Hospitals overflowed, and temporary ones were hastily set up to try to isolate the growing number of infected patients. China even built a new hospital dedicated to coronavirus patients in just 10 days to ramp up its fight against the epidemic. The stringent measures started showing results as the country reported dwindling cases. 

World in the grip of COVID-19 fear

While on one hand, China is easing the restrictions and restoring normalcy, the world, on the other hand, is under partial or complete lockdown. While several countries including India, UK, and Italy announced a complete lockdown to contain the spread, other countries are still contemplating the next move. 

Coronavirus, scientifically termed as COVID-19, has claimed as many as 17,451 lives across the world while the number of confirmed cases reached 400,412. While China, the first country to battle the novel virus, is gradually returning to normalcy after a decline in new cases, Italy and Iran are bearing the brunt of the pandemic the most at present. 

With more than 63,927 confirmed cases and more than 6,077 fatalities, Italy is currently the second-worst affected country followed by the USA with more than 48,778 confirmed cases. As the virus spreads from human-to-human transmissions, governments and health officials have been urging people to self-isolate themselves and avoid social interactions in a bid to contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

(Curated by Priya Pareek)