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Issue: "Supreme warning," July 5, 2003
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good riddance
The World Health Organization lifted its remaining SARS travel advisory, prompting collective sighs of relief in residents from Beijing to Brisbane. The agency removed the final restriction-a recommendation against travel to the Chinese capital-on June 24, less than a month after the last new case of SARS in China was isolated. The Beijing Youth Daily front page showed a photograph of smiling residents in front of a banner reading, "We Win!" The city rang in the news with flying confetti, clanging gongs, and streamers fired from a cannon in the city's exhibition hall. But one day later and 1,000 miles away, health officials confirmed a new case of the disease in Guangdong province. The patient is a 77-year-old woman from Hong Kong who has been isolated since June 3. They also confirmed one SARS death in Beijing-a sign of the flu-like illness's lingering aftermath. Asian businesses hope the economic fallout from SARS will not linger. As restrictions fell also in Hong Kong and Taiwan, officials declared an end to surgical mask-wearing, and residents quickly obliged. Beijing announced the reopening of discos, Internet cafes, and other public venues. Over 8,000 people worldwide have been affected by SARS. China tallied the most cases, 5,300; 348 died.

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