Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus epidemic in China, reported on Monday its first group of infections since the closure of the city’s closure in central China a month ago, fueling concerns about a resurgence wider disease.
The news comes after Shulan, a city in northeast China, imposed containment measures on its 600,000 residents, also due to a cluster of cases.
New infections in the two cities have been cautious amid efforts to ease restrictions on coronaviruses across China as businesses restart and people return to work.
Wuhan has reported five new confirmed cases, all living in the same residential complex. In the photo, a woman wears a face shield as she walks a street in Wuhan on Monday
Wuhan has reported five new confirmed cases, all living in the same residential complex. One of them was the wife of an 89-year-old patient who was reported a day earlier in the first confirmed case in the city in more than a month.
“At present, the task of preventing and controlling epidemics in the city is still very heavy,” said the Wuhan health authority in a statement. “We must resolutely contain the risk of rebound. “
All of the last confirmed cases were previously classified as asymptomatic, people who test positive for the virus and are able to infect others, but do not have clinical signs such as fever.
The new Wuhan cluster appeared after Shulan was locked out over the weekend. The city of Jilin Province had registered 12 cases of COVID-19 in the space of two days, all linked to the same source.
Shulan went into detention over the weekend after officials recorded a group of 12 COVID-19 cases. It started with a 45-year-old woman who tested positive on May 7.
The chain of infections in Shulan started with a 45-year-old woman who works as a laundress at the city’s public security bureau, Beijing News reported.
She tested positive on May 7 before spreading the disease to 11 others, including her husband, three sisters and a brother-in-law, according to the Jilin Health Commission.
The regional authority today reported three additional local cases, all linked to the cluster.
One of them lives in Shulan. The other two are from Jilin City and were discovered through contact tracing of people who were in contact with previous Shulan cases.
Shulan has been marked as a high risk area, the only place in China currently with this designation.
“We are now in” wartime “mode,” said Jin Hua, mayor of Shulan, who, until last Friday, had not reported any local cases for more than 70 days.
Authorities have imposed draconian restrictions on its residents, with only one household member allowed to go out each day to buy basic necessities.
All new infections were previously classified as asymptomatic, people who test positive for the virus and are able to infect others but do not have clinical signs such as fever. In the photo, a doctor takes a sample from a man tested for COVID-19 in Wuhan in April
The number of asymptomatic cases in China is not known, because they only appear on the radar of health authorities when they are positive during tests carried out as part of the search for contacts and health checks.
China does not include asymptomatic cases in its overall confirmed case count, currently at 82,918, until they show signs of infection. Mainland China reported 4,633 deaths.
Hundreds of asymptomatic cases in Wuhan, which was released on April 8 after a period of detention of several months, are currently under surveillance, according to the city health authority.
The number of new cases reported in China since April is low compared to the thousands confirmed every day in February, thanks to a national screening, screening and quarantine regime. A seller is seen selling vegetables on a street in Wuhan on April 23
The number of new cases reported in China since April is low compared to the thousands confirmed every day in February, thanks to a national screening, screening and quarantine regime.
The government said on Friday that China will gradually reopen cinemas, museums and other places of entertainment, although restrictions, including compulsory reservations and a number limit, are in place.
Shanghai has already reopened some nightlife venues like nightclubs. Walt Disney reopened its Shanghai Disneyland park on Monday to a reduced number of visitors.
Shanghai Disneyland has become the first Disney resort to reopen after it closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In the photo, a visitor disguised as a Disney character takes a selfie on Monday
New outbreaks in China in the past two months have mainly occurred in residential complexes or hospitals.
South Korea is also struggling with a wave of new cases, although the most recent outbreaks have started in discos and bars.
The Wuhan cases have helped push back all new COVID-19 infections confirmed from May 10 to 17, the largest daily increase since April 28.
In northeast China’s Jilin city of Shulan, thousands of residents are currently in detention after a group of infections is detected. Photo shows student wearing face mask arriving at Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in Jilin on May 7
Heilongjiang Province is also on high alert for a return of the virus. Photo shows a man monitoring at a checkpoint in the border town of Suifenhe, Heilongjiang, April 21
Elsewhere in China, the provinces of Liaoning and Heilongjiang, both in northeast China, each reported a case, adding to concerns about a resurgence of the epidemic in the region.
A 70-year-old patient in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang, had tested negative seven times before the results became positive.
Among the new cases, seven were so-called imported cases in the northern region of China, in Inner Mongolia, involving overseas travelers.
Across China, the number of new asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 fell to 12 on May 10, up from 20 reported the previous day.