Chinese health authorities reported today that 54 new cases of “imported” SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus had been diagnosed from outside its borders, hours after the Foreign Ministry announced the temporary ban on entry. to foreigners in the country.
The Chinese National Health Commission detailed that, until last local midnight (16.00 GMT Thursday), a new case of local contagion was also detected in the eastern province of Zhejiang, while 5 new deaths were certified for the resulting pneumonia. COVID-19, all of them in Hubei province.
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei and the birthplace of the outbreak, recorded 4 of the 5 deaths, bringing the number of deaths in the city to 2,535.
As for the so-called “imported” cases, these were detected in Shanghai (east, 17), Canton (southeast, 12), Beijing (4), Tianjin (northeast, 4), Inner Mongolia (north, 3), Zhejiang ( east, 3) Fujian (southeast, 3), Shandong (east, 2), Yunnan (south, 2), and one in each of the following provinces: Liaoning (northeast), Jiangsu (east), Sichuan (center), and Shaanxi (center).
So far this week, “imported” cases have gone from 39 announced on Monday, to 74 on Tuesday, 47 on Wednesday, 67 on Thursday and 54 on today.
Since the disease began to severely hit the rest of the planet, many Chinese have returned to their country, where COVID-19 – always according to official figures – seems more controlled. Hence the rebound in imported cases, since many come from other global sources of the virus.
In addition, in the last week, Beijing 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.
With the sum of the latest figures, the total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic is 81,340, among whom 3,292 people have perished.
74,588 people have also been discharged after successfully overcoming the disease, so the number of infected “active” is 3,460, of which 1,034 patients remain in serious condition (995 of them, in Wuhan).
To date, 697,470 close contacts with the infected have been medically monitored, of which 16,005 are still under observation, and of these, 189 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 the Asian country, although they have launched new measures to prevent further outbreaks as a consequence of the so-called “imported” cases.
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).