Wuhan, the source of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, reported Monday its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the central Chinese metropolis was lifted last month, stoking fears of a wider resurgence of the disease.
The new infections sounded a note of caution amid attempts to ease coronavirus-related bans throughout China as businesses restart and people go back to work.
Wuhan reported five new confirmed cases, all of whom stay in the same residential compound. One of them was the wife of an 89-year-old male patient reported a day earlier within the first confirmed case in the city in more than a month.
All the latest confirmed cases had been previously classified as asymptomatic, people who test positive for the virus and are able to infect others but don’t present symptoms such as a fever.
The number of asymptomatic cases in China is not known, as they only seem on the radar of well-being officers once they show up positive during assessments conducted as a part of contact tracing and health checks.
China doesn’t include asymptomatic cases in its overall count of confirmed cases, presently at 82,918, until they exhibit symptoms of infection. Mainland China has posted 4,633 deaths.
Hundreds of asymptomatic cases in Wuhan, which was released on April 8 from a months-long lockdown, are presently being monitored, based on the city’s health authority.