Mainland China Seeing Increased Number of New Coronavirus Cases

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FILE PHOTO: Woman wearing face mask walks through residential area blocked by barriers in Wuhan, Hubei Province, epicenter of the Chinese coronaviral disease (COVID-19) epidemic, April 3 2020. REUTERS / Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 30 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier, with increasing numbers of travelers from abroad and local transmissions highlighting the difficulty in eradicating the virus. ‘epidemic.

The National Health Commission said in a statement on Sunday that 25 of the latest cases involved people from abroad, up from 18 cases a day earlier. Five new locally transmitted infections were also reported on Saturday, all in the southern coastal province of Guangdong, up from a day earlier.

The continent has now reported a total of 81,669 cases, while the death toll has increased from three to 3,329.

Although daily infections dropped dramatically from the height of the epidemic in February, when hundreds of new cases were reported daily, Beijing is still unable to completely stop new infections despite the imposition of some of the most drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus.

So-called imported cases and asymptomatic patients, who have the virus and can pass it on to others but have no symptoms, have become one of China’s main concerns in recent weeks. The country closed its borders to almost all foreigners as the virus spread around the world, although most of the imported cases involve Chinese nationals returning from overseas.

The central government also urged local authorities to identify and isolate asymptomatic patients.

The health commission said 47 new asymptomatic cases had been reported on the continent on Saturday, up from 64 the previous day.

Report by Yilei Sun and Se Young Lee; Editing by Richard Chang

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