New cases of coronavirus rebounded slightly in the last 24 hours with 12 new infections, six from abroad and another six locally, compared to four on Thursday, the National Health Commission reported today.
On Wednesday, health authorities had reported 22 new cases.
The commission reported that as of last local midnight (4pm GMT), six new “imported” cases had been diagnosed, of which five were detected in the eastern city of Shanghai and one in the southern Fujian province.
Among the six new local infections, five were registered in the northern province of Heilongjiang, on the border with Russia, where in recent weeks numerous cases have been detected in Chinese citizens arriving from the neighboring country.
No deaths were counted in the whole country, while the number of active cases was reduced to 599 patients, 38 of them serious.
Those infected from abroad still in treatment stand at 505, seven of them serious, of the 1,670 that have been diagnosed.
The total number of cases detected in the country since the start of the pandemic rises to 82,874, of which 77,642 have been discharged and 4,633 have died.
723,966 contacts close to the infected have been tracked, of which 7,761 are still under medical observation.
In the province of Hubei, the focus of the pandemic, and in its capital Wuhan, no new contagion has been detected and there are no active cases.
As for the asymptomatic infected, China registered 25 new cases in the latter part, none from abroad, bringing the number of symptom-free cases to 981 that are still under medical observation.
In Hong Kong cases rise to 1,037 with four deaths and in Taiwan, which China considers a rebellious province, there are a total of 429 cases and 6 deaths.
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).