China registers 29 cases from abroad and 2 infections locally



China on Thursday registered 29 new cases of coronavirus in people who came from outside the country and two new infections locally, while four deaths were recorded, all in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and focus of the pandemic, reported today the National Health Commission.

The two new local infections were detected in the northeast Liaoning province, close to Beijing, and in the southern province of Guangzhou.

The commission reported that 12 new suspected cases involving people from abroad who returned to China are under observation.

As of midnight Thursday, 163 patients were discharged and serious cases decreased by 50, according to official data.

The so-called "imported" cases from abroad rise to 870, of which 160 have already been cured and none have died.

Since the start of the pandemic, 81,620 confirmed cases have been recorded across China and 710,985 close contacts have been tracked, of which 19,533 are still under medical observation.

The deceased rise to date to 3,322.

No new contagion was registered in Hubei province, four deaths occurred and 141 people were cured. The total number of cases in the province that is the focus of the pandemic rises to 67,802, of which 63,612 have already been discharged.

Health authorities reported 60 new cases of asymptomatic coronavirus infections, seven of them from abroad.

Seven asymptomatic people arriving from abroad went on to enlarge the list of cases with confirmed diagnosis.

1,027 asymptomatic cases are still under medical observation, which the health authorities do not currently include in confirmed cases, including 221 from outside the country.

In Hong Kong cases of the virus rise to 802, including four deceased, while in Taiwan, which Beijing considers a rebellious province, 339 cases have been counted, including five deceased.

On March 12, the Chinese government declared that the peak of transmissions had come to an end in the Asian country and on April 8, the quarantine is expected to be lifted in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began, which then spread to the world.

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).

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