China Thursday reported fewer new coronavirus cases involving travelers arriving from overseas; however, regionally transmitted infections surged, with the Chinese capital seeing new local infections for the first time in more than three weeks.
New imported cases plunged to 34 Wednesday from 36 a day earlier, the National Health Fee stated, down for the third straight day, amid stringent border checks and reduced international flights.
However, the number of domestically transmitted cases surged to 12 from 10 a day earlier, with the city of Beijing seeing three new local infections for the first time since March 23.
The other new local cases Wednesday had been in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Guangdong, both of which have been battling with an influx of infected travelers from abroad, mostly Chinese nationals returning from overseas.
Overall, mainland China posted 46 new confirmed cases Wednesday, the same as a day earlier, bringing the total number of positive cases to 82,341.
Heilongjiang noticed 16 new imported cases, all Chinese nationals who came from Russia. The province has become a front line in China’s battle to keep out imported cases as infected Chinese nationals return overland from Russia.
China doesn’t include sufferers with no clinical symptoms such as a cough or a fever in its tally of confirmed cases.