China's imported virus cases spike as fears grow of second wave

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

With 78 new Corona Virus patients being reported from China in one day, a risk has arisen of a second wave of the Corona Virus coming into being.

The health commission of Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said Tuesday the latest case in Wuhan was the only new COVID-19 case in the central Chinese province Monday. However the claims have been questioned by residents and analysts, who note reported refusals to test for the virus by some hospitals, and allegations of manipulated numbers, and rumours of unreported cases. Since April 8 will be lifted the ban on transport links with the city of Wuhan, which became the focus of the spread of coronavirus. On March 21, China as a whole reported only 46 new cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

In recent days nearly all the new infections in China have been brought in from overseas, and Beijing is growing increasingly anxious about an influx just as it appeared to be bringing the country's outbreak under control.

Many cities have brought in tough rules to quarantine new arrivals, and all Beijing-bound global flights are being diverted to other cities where they will be screened for the virus.

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When it comes to testing medical staff for Covid-19, Mr Hancock said he hoped this would take place "as soon as possible". The number of positive tests went up by 967, to 6,650 - although the true figure is thought to be more than 300,000.

There have now been over 81,000 cases in China, and the death toll has reached 3,277.

The lifting of travel orders follows an easing of lockdown restrictions in the region in recent days.

Authorities had put the city of 11 million under lockdown on January 23 in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, which killed almost 3,300 people and infected over 81,000 in mainland China. On the weekend, more than 1,000 workers from elsewhere in the province arrived on a train back to the city for work.

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