China has stepped up border control measures today as the number of imported coronavirus cases has risen sharply to 951, while asymptomatic cases have also risen sharply, raising concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 infections, mainly from Chinese people return home from abroad despite drastic containment efforts.
A health official in Beijing warned that the Chinese capital Beijing is likely to remain under the control of the coronavirus epidemic in the long term.
Mi Feng, a spokesman for the National Health Commission (NHC), told the media Monday that 951 imported cases were reported by Sunday, as China increased the number of its nationals from various countries currently struggling with the spread of COVID-19, airborne.
Mr. Mi said that the pressure that imported cases are exerting on China continues to increase, especially from neighboring countries.
His comments followed reports of 20 imported infections in Suifenhe, a Chinese port city – with 70,000 inhabitants on the border with China and Russia, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.
At present, China has banned foreigners from entering the country and only allows overseas Chinese to return home.
China has reported 39 new coronavirus cases, including 38 imported ones, as the number of asymptomatic cases has increased, raising concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
The NHC said a new domestic case has been reported from Guangdong Province, which is an important industrial belt.
Five new local cases were reported on Saturday, raising concerns about the recurring cases, albeit in fewer numbers, as China resumed full steam production after over two months.
In addition, 78 new COVID 19 asymptomatic cases on the mainland, including 40 imported, were reported on Sunday, the NHC said, adding that 1,047 asymptomatic cases were still under medical supervision.
Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those that test positive for the virus but show no symptoms and may cause sporadic clusters of infection.
A death from the Coronavirus virus epicenter in Hubei Province was also reported on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 3,331.
The total confirmed cases on the mainland reached 81,708 by Sunday, including 1,299 patients still under treatment, 77,078 patients discharged after the recovery, and 3,331 people died from the disease, the NHC said.
As of Sunday, 890 confirmed cases were reported, including four deaths in Hong Kong, 44 confirmed cases in Macau and 363 in Taiwan, including five deaths.
In the meantime, a health official has warned here that the prevention and control of coronavirus epidemics in Beijing is likely to become normal in the long term.
The capital, a center for international exchange, still bears the brunt of risk as the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates, said city government spokesman Xu Hejian, noting that there is no chance of that Abort the city's prevention and control work in a short time.
The overall strategy of protecting against imported cases and indigenous recovery will remain unchanged, Xu said.
He also stressed the importance of using the critical window to resume work and production and normalize people's lives, since the transmission of the epidemic in Beijing and across the country was basically interrupted, although it was still importing and sporadic cases, Xinhua reported.