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

Updated: 22 March, 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.

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First Published: 22 March, 2020 05:57 IST

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