China still under pressure to prevent COVID-19 spread

China slashes international flights in effort to curb coronavirus risk

"To resolutely contain the increasing risks of imported COVID-19 cases, and in accordance with the requirements of the State Council for joint prevention and control of the pandemic, [the regulator] has made a decision to further reduce the number of worldwide passenger flights", the CAAC said.

A total of 67 new cases were reported as of end-Wednesday, up from 47 a day earlier, all of which were imported, China's National Health Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

Imported COVID-19 cases topped 541 in China by the end of Wednesday, official data showed.

As of Wednesday, the overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 81,285, this included 3,287 people died of the disease, 3,947 patients still being treated and 74,051 patients discharged after recovery, the NHC said.

Of them, 18 were reported in Shanghai, 12 in Inner Mongolia, and 11 in Guangdong.

All of the new patients were travelers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday. The Hubei Health Commission said on Thursday that the condition of 914 people admitted to various hospitals still remained critical while 287 people were in critical condition. 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.

In Hubei and Wuhan alone as of Wednesday 3,169 people died since January.

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.

Besides the five confirmed cases on COVID-19 imported from Pakistan reported in Guangzhou city, there was one case reported in China's Shandong province and Beijing Municipality respectively.

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