China reports rise in 'imported' COVID-19 infections

IANS
Sunday, 15 March 2020

China on Sunday reported 16 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest in over a week, as domestic cases dwindle in the country.

Beijing: China on Sunday reported 16 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest in over a week, as domestic cases dwindle in the country.

The National Health Commission said infections involving people arriving from overseas were reported in five provinces and cities including Beijing and Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported.

Four new domestic cases were reported, all in Hubei province's capital Wuhan, where the virus first emerged last December.

There have now been 111 imported infections, with regions outside of Hubei reporting no new indigenous cases for the third day in the row.

As of Sunday, the overall number of coronavirus cases in the mainland increased to 80,844.

Another 10 people died, all in Wuhan, bringing the national toll from the disease in mainland China to 3,199.

Globally there were 152,901 cases and 5,801 deaths. These figures also include China.

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