Mainland China sees rise in new Covid-19 cases

  • Mainland China sees rise in new Covid-19 cases

Mainland China sees rise in new Covid-19 cases

China has exported 3.86 billion masks, 37.5 million pieces of protective clothing, 16,000 ventilators and 2.84 million COVID-19 testing kits since March 1, customs official Jin Hai said, with orders to more than 50 countries.

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.

This time, China's chief concern is the increase in the number of people who showed no symptoms of illness. But they say with the exception of some imported cases, the outbreak has been nearly contained.

China became the first country to be hit by the novel coronavirus at the end of past year. Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the number of positive cases in China was initially the highest and had become the worst-affected region.

Hubei began easing travel curbs late last month, part of China's wider effort to get the economy back on track even as it tries to prevent a second wave of infections.

"Epidemic-free" status allows people living in a compound in Wuhan to leave their homes for two hours at a time.

China has been struck by 30 more cases of coronavirus as travellers returning from overseas continue to test positive for the virus and its reported death toll rises by three to 3,329.

The National Health Commission said in its daily report that the new infections, detected in the 24 hours to the end of Saturday, bring the overall national tally of symptomatic cases to 81,669.

Of those, 20 had arrived in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang from neighbouring Russian Federation, the provincial government said. Five new locally transmitted infections were also reported on Saturday, all in the southern coastal province of Guangdong, up from a day earlier.

Another possible source of infection is the roughly 1.6 million Chinese citizens who study overseas, many of whom have struggled to return home since Beijing cut global flights into the country.