The tough lockdown in China and the physical distancing measures amid fears of coronavirus in the epicenter Wuhan appears to have successfully over, as the country reported no new local cases on Wednesday.
At least 67 new cases were recorded, up from 47 a day earlier, all of which were imported, China's National Health Commission said in a statement.
It was at a market in Wuhan, which was traded with live animals under questionable hygienic conditions, to coronavirusset is believed to have sprung from.
Hubei transport official Wang Benju said in a press briefing on Wednesday that all transport restrictions in the province except Wuhan will end by Friday.
The encouraging news comes as Hubei wraps up a massive quarantine of its 60 million residents, allowing citizens to travel freely and return to work as businesses reopen after months of virus-induced lockdown. "I have been at home in Hubei for more than two months", he said.
All of the new patients were travellers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday.
But as nations globally struggle to contain the pandemic, surging numbers of imported cases in China are fuelling anxiety about a possible second wave of infections just as the country seems to be bringing its outbreak under control.
The autonomous Hong Kong region has reported 410 cases and four deaths, while 106 people recovered, the NHC data showed.
Wuhan airport will resume domestic passenger flights starting the same day, authorities said Wednesday - but will not operate flights to and from Beijing.
The lockdown of Hubei's capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared late previous year, will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China's war against the epidemic.
The government has downgraded the risk level of Wuhan for Covid-19 outbreak from high to medium, according to official media reports. According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, there are 471,518 confirmed cases across the world and 21,293 deaths.