Coronavirus outbreak: China sees zero local coronavirus cases for third day; imported infections rise

Updated: Mar 22, 2020, 07:49 IST | Agencies | Beijing

Beijing saw a record number of coronavirus cases imported from abroad, putting more pressure on the capital to screen infected passengers and isolate suspected cases.

A woman wearing a face mask takes photos of cherry blossoms in Nanjing in China's Jiangsu province. Pic/AFP
A woman wearing a face mask takes photos of cherry blossoms in Nanjing in China's Jiangsu province. Pic/AFP

Mainland China reported zero locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus for a third day running, while the daily log of infections involving travellers arriving from other countries continued to rise.

Mainland China had 41 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country's National Health Commission said, all imported from abroad. That brought the total number of imported cases to 269.

High in the charts was Beijing, with 14 new imported cases. Shanghai and six provinces also identified such cases. That brought the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 81,008, the health authority said in a statement on Saturday.

On Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said commercial outlets in residential communities and villages without existing cases of COVID-19 can resume business, citing the municipal bureau of commerce.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 3,255 as of the end of Friday, up by seven from the previous day and all from the central province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.com

Subscribe
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK