China has reported zero local infections for the first time since the coronavirus crisis began in December 2019.

The country has reached a milestone in the battle to stop preventions while other countries are struggling to slow down the spread. China is now seen as a reference to what can be done to stop the spread of a pandemic.

Officials from China’s National Health Commission announced that there have only been 34 new cases in the past 24 hours, all imported cases. There were no new reported cases in Hubei, the province where the virus was first identified.

China Records Zero Coronavirus Infections For The First Time
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 10: A Chinese boy rides a scooter as he walks with his mother, both wearing protective masks, while shopping in the Sanlitun shopping area on March 10, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of the deadly new coronavirus COVID-19 being treated in China dropped to below 18,000 in mainland China Sunday, in what the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency last month. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease. Officials in Beijing have put in place a mandatory 14 day quarantine for all people returning to the capital from other places in China and countries with a large number of cases like South Korea and Japan. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 3140 on Tuesday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in many other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Iran, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and raised concerns over a possible pandemic. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travellers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The Chinese government, however, has faced global criticism over how they handled the outbreak at the beginning. It enacted draconian quarantine measures and strict travel restrictions affecting hundreds of millions of citizens.

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While China celebrates its efforts, the virus continues to spread in other countries. According to John Hopkins University, more than 218,000 people have been infected worldwide. This is double than what it was two weeks ago.

In response to the global crisis and with the outbreak at home increasingly under control, Beijing has begun to send assistance and supplies overseas to countries heavily-affected by the pandemic.

The French government announced on Wednesday that it received about a million face masks from the Chinese government. Medical supplies and teams have been sent to Italy, which has seen nearly 3,000 deaths from the virus.