Mainland China reported second consecutive day with no new local coronavirus infection as the epicenter of the Hubei province epidemic opened its borders, but imported cases increased as Beijing stepped up controls to prevent a resurgence of infections .
A total of 67 new cases were reported late Wednesday, compared to 47 a day earlier, all imported, the National Health Commission of China said on Thursday in a statement.
The total number of cases now stands at 81,285.
The commission reported a total of 3,287 deaths at the end of Wednesday, six more than the previous day.
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All of the new patients were travelers from China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections on Wednesday.
Shanghai reported the most cases with 18 follow-ups from the Inner Mongolia region at 12 years and from Guangdong province at 11 years.
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The number of new daily cases continues to drop sharply from the country’s peak in February, allowing Beijing to press to restart economic activity in the world’s second largest economy.
Hubei province, which is home to some 60 million people, did not report any new cases on Wednesday and opened its borders. Public transport has restarted and residents of Xianning City have wandered the streets wearing masks.
The foreclosure in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, where the virus first appeared at the end of last year, will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China’s war on the epidemic as Beijing focuses on fighting imported cases and reviving the economy.
Fearing a new wave of infections from imported cases, authorities have stepped up quarantine and testing measures in other major cities, including Beijing, where all travelers from abroad must be quarantined centralized.
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