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Wards shut down as virus cases plunge

The isolation wards on the 17th floor in the Optics Valley campus of the Wuhan No.3 Hospital were shut down last Wednesday as all the patients were medically cleared.

Medical workers from Changning had spent 50 days there in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

They groped in the dark, sought light in the brambles, day and night, selfless and fearless, practiced their mission and responsibility to save lives and protect patients’ health.

They had fulfilled their historical mission successfully and were dismissed with honor.

Led by Dr Chen Erzhen, vice president of Ruijin Hospital, more Shanghai-based medics came home from Wuhan last Sunday.

The third medical team from Shanghai includes 148 doctors, nurses and support staff from 40 local hospitals including Huashan, Zhongshan and Ruijin.

They arrived in Wuhan on January 28, the third day of Spring Festival holiday and treated 332 seriously ill patients at Wuhan Third Hospital. Under their care, 278 patients have recovered.

The ICU operation by the Shanghai team and the hospital was shut down last Monday after all the patients were either discharged or transferred.

Wuhan, the Chinese city hardest hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak, will lift outbound travel restrictions from April 8 after over two months of lockdown, local authorities said on Tuesday.

On January 23, Wuhan declared unprecedented traffic restrictions, including suspending the city’s public transport and all outbound flights and trains, in an attempt to contain the epidemic within its territory. Similar restrictions were soon introduced in other areas in Hubei.

Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily
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