China reports no COVID-19 deaths for first time

Beijing: China reported no coronavirus deaths on April 7, the first time since it started publishing daily figures in January following the emergence of the virus in Wuhan city last December, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

The Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on April 6, reports the BBC.

All of the confirmed cases were imported, it added.

Total number of coronavirus cases in China as of April 7 was 82,697, while the death toll stood at 3,335.

Although other countries like the US and Italy have surpassed China in terms of both cases and deaths, the Asian giant was concerned that a second wave of infections could be brought in by foreign arrivals.

It has already shut its border to foreigners including those with visas or residence permits, the BBC reported.

International flights have been reduced with both Chinese and foreign airlines only allowed to operate one international flight a week.

Flights must not be more than 75 per cent full, according to the government.

Some people in “epidemic-free” residential compounds have already been allowed to leave their homes for two hours.

But Wuhan officials revoked the “epidemic-free” status in 45 compounds because of the emergence of asymptomatic cases and for other unspecified reasons.

Asymptomatic refers to someone who is carrying the virus but experiencing no symptoms.

China began reporting asymptomatic cases at the beginning of April. More than 1,033 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation.

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