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China reports no new covid-19 deaths as cases decline

Mainland China reported no covid-19 deaths for the first time since the pandemic began, and a drop in new cases, a day before the central city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged late in December, is set to lift its lockdown.

China had thirty two 32 new infections by Monday, down from thirty nine 39 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said.

For the first time since the commission began publishing nationwide data in late January, Hubei’s provincial capital of Wuhan saw no new deaths, joining the rest of mainland China, which has recorded none since March 31, 2020.

The Wuhan city, a city of around 11 million that reported only 2 new infections in the past fortnight is due to allow residents to leave the city on Wednesday, for the first time since it was locked down on Jan 23 to curb the spread of the virus.

With mainland China well past February’s peak of infections authorities have turned their attention to imported cases and asymptomatic patients, who show no symptoms but can still pass on the virus.

The commission said total infections in mainland China stood on 81,740 on Monday with 3,331 deaths. It reported 30 new asymptomatic cases, 9 involving incoming travellers. Of the new asymptomatic cases, 18 were in Hubei.

By the end of Monday around 1,033 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation.

The Tighter land borders

The commission said, overseas arrivals made up all 32 of the new cases with symptoms, down from 38 a day earlier. Total imported infections stand at 983.

A commission spokesman told a briefing on Tuesday, China faces the dual risks of imported infections and domestic cluster outbreaks.

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