China reports increase in new coronavirus cases, asymptomatic patients

Crowds in Wuhan pause to pay their respects to the victims of COVID-19

A total of 114 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals Sunday on the Chinese mainland, according to the National Health Commission. Of the cases, 258 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 693 were being treated with 22 in severe condition, said the commission.

Also, on Sunday 78 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, including 40 imported ones, the NHC said, adding that 1,047 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation. The status of 45 compounds have been revoked since the increase in asymptomatic cases, the report said.

Although daily infections have fallen dramatically from the peak of the epidemic in February, when hundreds of new cases were reported daily, Beijing is still unable to completely stop new infections despite imposing some of the most drastic measures to spread them. of the virus.

Officials in Wuhan, China began knocking down barriers erected to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the virus threat subsides in the city, Sunday, April 5.

The National Health Commission said in a statement on Sunday that 25 of the last cases involved people who came in from overseas, compared to 18 of those cases a day earlier.

The country has closed off its borders to nearly all foreigners as the virus spread globally, though most of the imported cases involve Chinese nationals returning from overseas.

Charter flights are being arranged to bring home Chinese students studying in the United States, starting with the youngest.

China said the manufacturer "stated clearly that (the masks) are non-surgical".

The one new domestic case was reported from the Guangdong Province, which is a major industrial belt.

The new locally transmitted case, in the city of Shenzhen, was a person who had travelled from Hubei province, the original epicentre of the outbreak, Guangdong provincial authorities said.

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