Published On: Sat, May 23rd, 2020

China reports zero coronavirus case for first time since pandemic began

Shanghai: China reported zero new confirmed coronavirus infection or death and only two suspected cases in last the 24 hours, the first time it had seen no daily rise in the number of cases since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

A security guard takes temperature of visitors during the 17th Hainan International Auto Exhibition in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province, May 22, 2020. Photo: Xinhua

That added to evidence the country has largely overcome the epidemic.

The National Health Commission said 79 patients still were being treated as of Friday 376 others are in isolation and being monitored as either suspected cases or for testing positive without showing symptoms.

China has seen a sharp fall in locally transmitted cases since March as major restrictions on people movement helped it to take control of the epidemic in many parts of the country.

However, it has continued to see an influx of imported cases, mainly involving Chinese nationals returning from abroad, while new clusters of infections in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang have emerged in recent weeks.

Wuhan also reported this month its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city ended on April 8, prompting authorities to warn that counter-epidemic measures could not be relaxed and to launch a campaign to test all of Wuhan’s 11 million residents for COVID-19.

China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths and 82,971 cases.

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