The number of new people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in China in the last 24 hours was 62, compared to 32 detected the day before, the National Health Commission reported today.
The health authorities of the Asian country detailed that 59 of the 62 new cases were diagnosed in travelers from abroad, the so-called “imported” cases, while the remaining 3 were local infections in the provinces of Shandong (in the east, 2) and Canton.
In addition, the official source indicated that, until last local midnight (16:00 GMT on Tuesday), two new deaths were certified by the resulting COVID-19 pneumonia, one in Shanghai (in the east) and the other in Wuhan, the birthplace of the pandemic and that yesterday had managed for the first time since January to place a zero in the death statistics.
Despite these new cases, the total number of “active” infected in the Asian country continued to drop to 1,190 (of which 189 remain in serious condition), since the number of patients discharged is usually greater than that of new infections.
Thus, the total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic is 81,802, among whom 3,333 people have died and, for the moment, 77,279 people have been discharged after successfully overcoming the disease .
Since it 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 in recent weeks, as many come from other global sources of the virus.
To date, 715,854 close contacts with the infected have been medically monitored, of which 13,334 are still under observation, and of these, 83 would be suspected cases of having been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
As for the asymptomatic infected, China registered 137 new cases in the latter part, bringing the total number of asymptomatic patients under observation to 1,095.
On March 12, the Chinese government declared that the peak of transmissions had come to an end in the Asian 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 (shortness of breath).