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Indonesia gave Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine its first emergency use approval outside China on Monday as the world's fourth most populous country launches nationwide inoculations to stem surging infections and deaths.
WUHAN: One year ago, China announced the first death from a new virus in Wuhan -- 12 months later, Covid-19 has claimed 1.9 million lives in an unrelenting march across the world.But in the central Chinese city of 11 million where the first known outbreak started, the virus has been extinguished.On Monday morning, the anniversary slipped by unmarked in Wuhan -- commuters moved freely to work while parks and riverside promenades buzzed with walkers in a city determined to banish its tag as the coronavirus ground zero.In a sparse report on January 11, 2020, China confirmed its first death from an unknown virus -- a 61-year-old man who was a regular at the now-notorious Wuhan wet market linked to many of the early cases.The world would soon become grimly familiar with the disease that killed him as Covid-19.Little is still known about the first victim, including his name, while the market where the first reported clusters of cases were traced back to has remained closed, surrounded by boarding.Independent experts are yet to be granted access to the market or retrace in detail those early days of the virus in Wuhan.The city has now bounced back and is proud of its