The Shanghai Municipal Health Commission confirmed that a patient infected with the deadly coronavirus, for the first time since the outbreak, was cured and discharged from the hospital.
After six days, the patient, a 56-year-old woman, identified only as Chen, showed a significant improvement in her respiratory symptoms. Two independent coronavirus blood tests were negative, as were lung scans, according to the state-run Beijing Daily.
The patient was then released from quarantine, after a more thorough examination by specialists appointed to fight the disease.
Chen would be a resident of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, for many years. She developed fever and fatigue on 10 January and was hospitalized in Shanghai on 12 January.
An impressive 23 million people have been quarantined as Chinese authorities try to contain the outbreak that has so far killed 26 people and infected at least 800 others.
Local authorities in Wuhan are trying to build a specialized treatment hospital within the next 10 days to house all coronavirus patients under one roof, to further limit the spread of the virus. The Development Bank of China provided the city with an emergency loan of two billion yuan ($ 290 million) to help fight the outbreak.
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