New coronavirus cases double to 99 in mainland China in 24 hours, with only two locally transmitted infections; toll stands at 3,339

Mainland China reported 99 new coronavirus infections on 11 April, more than doubling from the previous day to reach a one-month high, as the number of single-day imported cases hit a record

Reuters April 12, 2020 13:39:10 IST
New coronavirus cases double to 99 in mainland China in 24 hours, with only two locally transmitted infections; toll stands at 3,339

Shanghai: Mainland China reported 99 new coronavirus infections on 11 April, more than doubling from the previous day to reach a one-month high, as the number of single-day imported cases hit a record, official data released on Sunday showed.

New coronavirus cases double to 99 in mainland China in 24 hours with only two locally transmitted infections toll stands at 3339

Personnel wearing protective suits wait near an entrance at the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing estate during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health evacuated some residents from the public housing estate after two cases of novel coronavirus infection to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus. AP

In addition, highlighting another major source of risk, newly reported asymptomatic coronavirus cases nearly doubled to 63 on 11 April, from 34 the previous day, according to China’s National Health Commission (NHC).

Almost all the new infections - the biggest daily count since 6 March - involve travelers from overseas. Just two out of the 99 cases were locally transmitted.

Shanghai, China’s commercial hub, contribute to more than half of the imported cases. The city reported 52 new coronavirus cases on April 11, all involving Chinese nationals traveling from overseas, the municipal health commission said on Sunday.

Of Shanghai’s new cases, 51 flew in on the same flight from Russia on 10 April. The 52nd case involves a Chinese national arriving in Shanghai from a trip to Canada.

China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang reported 21 new imported cases on 11 April, all involving Chinese nationals traveling from Russia.

The country’s tally of infections now stands at 82,052, while the death toll stands at 3,339.

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