Beijing has done away with the rule that residents should wear masks while on outdoors, the primary city in China and maybe within the world to try to to so within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, signalling that the coronavirus is in check within the Chinese capital.
After months of wearing masks to stop viral infection risks, people can now breathe freely outside without a mask in Beijing, state-run China Daily reported, citing the new guidelines announced by the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on Sunday.
The centre said people don’t got to wear masks outside, but still should avoid close contact with others.
It also encourages the general public to require some outdoor exercise when the weather is sweet , which is useful to extend the standard of life and health, the report said.
China has reported 17 new coronavirus cases, including 12 asymptomatic infections, while officials in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, continued vigorous testing of its over 11 million residents after new clusters of COVID-19 emerged in parts of the town .
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Sunday said five of the new coronavirus cases, including three domestically transmitted, were recorded in Jilin Province on Saturday.
Jilin city went into a lockdown in the week after a cluster of latest coronavirus cases were reported.
The 17 new cases include 12 asymptomatic patients, taking the amount of such infections to 515, the NHC said.
One of the new asymptomatic patients came from abroad, it said.
Asymptomatic cases ask people that are tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms like fever, cough or pharyngitis . However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.
As of Saturday, the amount of coronavirus cases stood at 82,947 in China. Of the entire cases, 86 patients were being treated, while 78,227 people had been discharged from hospitals after recovery.