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Virus outbreak epicenter of Wuhan reports no new cases for third straight day

In this March 18, 2020 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, departing medical workers from Fujian Province line up to board a plane at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. (Fei Maohua/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) -- The virus outbreak's epicenter of Wuhan reported no new or suspected cases again for a third consecutive day.

    Overall, China on Saturday reported 41 new cases detected over the previous 24 hours, all among people traveling from overseas, and another seven deaths, six in Wuhan. China now has a total of 81,008 cases and 3,255 deaths.

    A total of 71,740 people have been declared cured and released from hospital. Wuhan must go 14 straight days without a new case in order for draconian travel restrictions to be lifted.

    People are now better able to move around in the surrounding province of Hubei, although its provincial borders remain closed to the rest of the country. Beijing and other cities are increasingly vibrant as the government attempts to mitigate disastrous effects on the world's second largest economy, but social distancing and quarantines for new arrivals remain the norm.

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