China sees drop in new Covid-19 cases, all imported

Clay Curtis
March 23, 2020

While China has drastically reduced the number of reported domestically transmitted cases - the one reported on Sunday was the first in four days - it is seeing a steady rise in imported cases, mostly from Chinese people returning from overseas.

China had 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the country's National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier.

The commission said that 106 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.

Beijing reported 10 new imported cases, the National Health Commission said, down from 13 a day earlier. Infections from overseas in the city hit an all-time high of 21 on March 18.

On Saturday, China reported 41 new coronavirus cases for the day past, all of them imported.

Guangdong Province saw seven new imported infections, Fujian has four and Jiangsu has two. The provinces of Shandong and Gansu both reported two cases and the provinces of Zhejiang and Henan, and Chongqing Municipality each reported one.

With no new local infections in at least 14 consecutive days, the city said on Saturday that its district-level designated medical institutions have suspended admitting and treating COVID-19 patients starting Friday midnight.

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Foreigners who lose worldwide connections as a result of the measure must leave China, said an immigration official at the daily briefing health commission, adding that foreign visitors should "think carefully" before choosing Beijing as a transit point.

Passengers will go through customs clearance and quarantine at these airports, and those having passed quarantine inspection can fly to Beijing in their original flights, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The central province of Hubei, the place the outbreak first emerged late final 12 months in its capital Wuhan, reported its fourth straight day of no new cases. Downtown Wuhan remains the only high-risk area in the province, with other cities and counties classified as low-risk.

As the world battles the fast-paced spread of the coronavirus pandemic, China on Monday said that COVID-19 has effectively been "stemmed" in the country and it started easing severe restrictions imposed on Wuhan's 11 million people who were under lockdown since January 23.

According to authorities yesterday, people can enter the city if they are certified healthy and have no fever.

Hubei residents who are in Wuhan can apply to leave the city, but they have to be tested for the virus. There are no indications of Wuhan residents to leave the city for non-essential reasons.

As of Sunday, the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in the mainland stood at 81,093.

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