China continues to register SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections in travelers from abroad despite having put in place, from early on Saturday, a temporary veto of access to its territory to all persons of foreign nationality.
The National Health Commission of China reported today that as of last local midnight (16:00 GMT Saturday), 45 new cases had been detected, 44 of which correspond to so-called “imported” cases, a figure that in recent days has been It has remained constant at around fifty.
In addition, health authorities indicated that a local contagion had occurred in Henan province (east center), and 5 new deaths from the resulting COVID-19 pneumonia, all of them in the cradle of the outbreak, the central eastern city of Wuhan.
Thus, the total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic is 81,439, of which 3,300 have perished.
Since the disease began to severely hit the rest of the planet, many Chinese have returned to their country, where the COVID-19 disease – always according to official figures – seems more controlled. Hence the rebound in imported cases in recent weeks, as many come from other global sources of the virus.
In addition, in recent days Beijing has announced the diversion of its international flights to the Chinese capital as a measure to ensure that so-called “imported” cases did not continue to increase in the city, which partly explains the wide geographical distribution of the new cases.
However, and with the aim of minimizing risks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this Thursday the temporary veto on the entry of foreigners on Chinese soil since Saturday.
At the moment, 75,448 people have been discharged after successfully overcoming the disease, so the number of “active” infected is 2,691, and it is the first time since January that it has dropped from 3,000.
Among them, 742 remain in serious condition, 706 of which are in Wuhan.
To date, 701,884 close contacts with the infected have been medically monitored, of whom 18,581 are still under observation, and of these, 174 would be suspected cases of having been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
New and stricter quarantine regulations in cities such as Beijing, for example, have caused the number of patients under observation to increase for several days.
On the 12th, the Chinese government declared that the peak of transmissions had come to an end in its country.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (difficulty breathing).