China says no new coronavirus deaths, for the first time since January

BEIJING: China reported on Tuesday that there were no new deaths from death for the first time since it began publishing figures in January, but the number of imported infections rose to 983 with 32 new confirmed cases, health officials said.

China's National Health Commission (CNH) said Tuesday that no deaths were reported on Monday. The official death toll in China is 3,331.

It is a milestone in China's fight for more than two months against the deadly virus, as the country continued to report deaths from the coronavirus until Sunday, especially from the epicenter of Hubei province.

The total number of confirmed cases on the continent reached 81,740 on Monday, including 1,242 patients still being treated, 77,167 patients discharged after recovery and 3,331 people died of the disease, the NHC said.

Although no new cases of coronavirus transmitted in the country were reported, 32 imported cases were reported Monday, with a total of 983, he said.

A total of 30 new asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 were reported across the continent on Monday, including nine imported ones, he said.

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Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those that test positive for the virus but do not show any symptoms and have the potential to cause sporadic groups of infections.

Last week, China began revealing the number of asymptomatic cases for the first time, after growing public concerns about the potential of silent carriers to spread the disease.

The NHC said 1,033 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation, including 275 from abroad.

As of Monday, 914 confirmed cases have been reported, including four deaths in Hong Kong, 44 confirmed cases in Macao and 373 in Taiwan, including five deaths.

For the first time, China released an official coronavirus timeline on Monday stating that coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan in late December 2019, where the infection was listed as pneumonia of unknown cause, but it eluded the question. key about its origin.

In late December, the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention in central Hubei province in China detected cases of pneumonia of unknown cause, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the 38-page document.

China has faced criticism for the Covid-19 crisis and Beijing has been accused of using its propaganda to silence coronavirus cases.

China and the United States had a long dispute over the origin of the virus.

While United States President Donald Trump called Covid-19 the China virus and the Wuhan virus, Beijing said such accusations amount to stigmatizing China. Beijing said that the origin of the Covid-19 can only be determined from scientific and professional points of view.

The United States accused China of delayed action that resulted in the spread of the pandemic to other countries, an accusation that Beijing vehemently contested by claiming that it was working with the international community in an open and highly responsible manner to contain the global crisis.

According to Johns Hopkins University estimates, there are more than 1.34 million confirmed cases of coronaviruses worldwide, and more than 74,000 people have died from it.