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In Beijing, on Friday, there were no new local cases of the deadly coronavirus for a second straight day. This progress was confronted by the surge in imported infections.

The reducing cases have brought a ray of hope for the rest of the world. In an effort to emulate China’s tactic against the disease, other nations have gone into lockdown.

The death toll has also dramatically slowed down in China. The National Health Commission reported only three new fatalities, being the daily lowest since the figures were published in January.

The crisis has moved from Asia to Europe, China’s death toll of 3,248 on Thursday, was overtaken by Italy where more than 3,400 people have now died. Nearly 81,000 people were infected in China, but fewer than 7,000 people remain affected of the Covid-19.

In late January, Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province were locked down. Now that the cases have dwindled, the authorities are progressively easing the travel curbs.

Several regions including Beijing have forced international arrivals to go into 14-day quarantine, as China is worried about the second wave of infections coming from abroad.

39 more imported cases were reported by the health commission on Friday, raising the total to 228