BEIJING/SHANGHAI (1) - Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus infections because the epicentre of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, however imported cases rose as Beijing ramped up controls to stop a resurgence of infections.
Ladies sporting face masks look forward to buses at a bus cease in Xianning of Hubei province, the epicentre of China's coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Track
A complete of 67 new cases have been reported as of end-Wednesday, up from 47 a day earlier, all of which have been imported, China’s Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.
The full quantity of cases now stands at 81,285.
The fee reported a complete of 3,287 deaths on the finish of Wednesday, up six from the earlier day.
All of the new sufferers have been travellers who got here to China from abroad, with the mainland reporting no regionally transmitted infections on Wednesday.
Shanghai reported probably the most cases with 18 adopted by Internal Mongolia area at 12 and Guangdong province at 11.
The quantity of new each day cases stay down sharply from the peak of the outbreak within the nation in February, permitting Beijing to push for restarting financial exercise on this planet’s second largest economic system.
Hubei province, dwelling to some 60 million individuals, reported no new cases on Wednesday and opened its borders. Public transport restarted and residents within the metropolis of Xianning strolled the streets sporting masks.
The lockdown of Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the place the virus first appeared late final 12 months, will probably be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China’s warfare towards the epidemic as Beijing shifts its focus in direction of stemming imported cases and rebooting the economic system.
Fearing a new wave of infections from imported cases, authorities have ramped up quarantine and screening measures in different main cities together with Beijing, the place any travellers arriving from abroad should undergo centralised quarantine.
Reporting by Se Younger Lee and David Stanway; Enhancing by Michael Perry