China sees increases in new coronavirus cases, asymptomatic patients

BEIJING: reported 39 new cases as of Sunday, compared to 30 the previous day, and the number of asymptomatic cases also increased, as Beijing He continued to fight to extinguish the outbreak despite drastic containment efforts.

It said in a statement Monday that 78 new asymptomatic cases had been identified as of the end of Sunday, compared with 47 the day before.

Imported cases and asymptomatic patients, who have the virus and can pass it on to others but show no symptoms, have become China's top concern in recent weeks after draconian containment measures succeeded in dramatically reducing the infection rate. .

Of the new cases showing symptoms, 38 were people who had entered China from abroad, compared with 25 the day before. A new infection of local transmission was reported in the southern province of, five fewer than a day earlier in the same province.

The new locally transmitted case, in Shenzhen city, was a person who had traveled from Hubei province, the original epicenter of the outbreak, Guangdong provincial authorities said.

The Guangdong Health Commission raised the risk level for a total of four districts in Shenzhen cities and lowered it to mid-afternoon on Sunday.

Mainland China has now reported a total of 81,708 cases, with 3,331 deaths.

Daily infections have declined dramatically since the epidemic's peak in February, when hundreds were reported daily, but new infections continue to appear daily.

The country has closed its borders to foreigners as the virus spreads globally, although the majority of imported cases involve Chinese citizens returning from abroad.

The central government has also pressured local authorities to identify and isolate asymptomatic patients. Interactive chart that tracks the global spread of the coronavirus