Nurses prepare to deliver yoghurt to patients at a temporary hospital set up for COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. AFP
China reported 30 more deaths from the new coronavirus outbreak on Friday, with fresh infections rising for a second straight day and 16 new cases imported from overseas.
In total 3,042 people have died from the disease in China, the National Health Commission said, with another 143 cases, up from 139 in the previous day.
A doctor looks at a patient’s CT scan at a temporary hospital set up for COVID-19 in Wuhan. AFP
Over 80,500 people have now been infected in mainland China, which has imposed a series of dramatic measures to try and contain the spread of infections beyond the epicentre, central Hubei province.
But as the virus spreads overseas, there have been a growing number of cases imported into the country by travellers from abroad.
There have now been 36 cases brought into China in total, the commission said Friday, 16 more than in the previous day.
A worker disinfects the Hankou Salvation Church in Wuhan, China, on Friday. AFP
The number of cases reported outside Hubei was the highest in over a week with 17 cases.
China still accounts for the majority of cases and deaths, but infections are now rising faster abroad, with South Korea, Iran and Italy emerging as major hotspots.
The city reported 31 new cases on Wednesday while officials urged residents not to leave Beijing, with fears growing about a second wave of infections in China, which had largely brought its outbreak under control.
China — where the virus first emerged late last year — has largely brought the pandemic under control through travel restrictions and lockdowns, but it is now battling a number of domestic outbreaks in different cities.
For the second consecutive day there was only one more fresh infection in Wuhan, the central city where the virus first emerged late last year, the National Health Commission said.
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