Beijing: China sees 7 imported COVID-19 cases from Pakistan

Clay Curtis
March 27, 2020

China has reported no new local coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, but the number of imported COVID-19 cases sharply rose to 67 in a day after the deadly virus was brought under control in its epicentre Wuhan, health officials said on Thursday.

There were at least 67 new cases reported in China on Wednesday, a slight increase on the previous day, but all of which were imported.

Shanghai reported the most cases with 18 followed by Inner Mongolia region at 12 and Guangdong province at 11. Beijing and Fujian both reported six cases, Shaanxi reported three cases, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Yunnan each reported two cases, and Shanxi, Jilin and Henan reported one respectively.

The lockdown of Hubei's capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared late a year ago, will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China's war against the epidemic as Beijing shifts its focus towards stemming imported cases and rebooting the economy.

On Wednesday, 401 people were discharged from the hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 164 to 1,235.

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All of the new patients were travelers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday.

Stricter measures will also be taken to curb the spread of the virus on flights arriving or leaving the country and to ensure that passenger load factor is lower than 75 percent, the CAAC said, adding that it might further slash global flights if necessary. On March 21, he arrived at China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport where he was screened for coronavirus and sent to a centralized quarantine point for medical observation while waiting for transfer.

From January to Wednesday, 3,169 people died in Hubei and Wuhan.

According to the Xinhua news agency, 410 cases including 4 deaths have been reported in Hong Kong, 30 cases in Macau SAR and 235 cases in Taiwan, including 2 deaths.

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