AGENCIES, Beijing: As some countries including China and Italy report fall in coronavirus infections and deaths resulting in lockdown restrictions as relief, it isn’t the time to rejoice, warns a top Chinese health official.
China says despite significant improvements, the country still faces the risk of COVID-19 rebound. Around 10 provincial-level regions have reported new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, a top health official said on Monday.
According to the National Health Commission (NHC), three new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday. All three were Chinese citizens arriving from abroad. NHC spokesperson Mi Feng said that 10 provincial-level regions have reported new locally-transmitted cases or asymptomatic cases over the last 14 days, which highlighted that risks of a resurgence and even spread of the epidemic still exist, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
As of Sunday, 962 asymptomatic cases, including 98 from abroad, were still under medical observation, the NHC said. Asymptomatic cases refer to people who are tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat. However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.
Although many offices, businesses and tourist sites were re-opened in Beijing, some public venues such as cinemas, theatres and arcades still remain closed for epidemic prevention and control.
The death toll in the country stands at 4,633 as no new fatalities were reported on Sunday.
As of Sunday, the overall confirmed cases in the Chinese mainland reached 82,880 with 481 still undergoing treatment.