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- China reports second day of no new local coronavirus transmissions, imported cases rise
China Reports Second Day Of No New Local Coronavirus Transmissions, Imported Cases Rise
BEIJING/SHANGHAI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 26th Mar, 2020) Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus cases as the country's epicentre of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose as Beijing ramped controls to prevent a resurgence of infections, Reuters has reported.
The commission reported a total of 3,287 deaths at the end of Wednesday, up six from the previous day.
Shanghai reported the most cases with 18 followed by Inner Mongolia region at 12 and Guangdong province at 11.
About 90 percent of all the imported cases are Chinese passport holders, Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui told a press conference on Thursday, adding that 40 percent of them are overseas Chinese students returning amid rising infections abroad.
"We understand some overseas students are eager to come home.
..But under the current circumstances, by staying put, they can avoid being cross-infected in the hurried journey home or getting stuck mid-journey when the countries they transit in tighten border controls," Luo said.
Fearing a new wave of infections from imported cases, authorities have ramped up quarantine and screening measures in other major cities including Beijing, where any travellers arriving from overseas must submit to centralised quarantine.
The number of new daily cases in China remain down sharply from the height of the outbreak in the country in February, allowing Beijing to push for restarting economic activity in the world's second biggest economy.
Hubei province, home to some 60 million people, reported no new cases on Wednesday and opened its borders. Public transport restarted and residents in the city of Xianning strolled the streets wearing masks.