Chinese mainland reports zero increase in domestic COVID-19 cases

Nellie Chapman
March 27, 2020

China's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Thursday that no new cases of domestic infection have been reported in the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, but 67 new cases of infected people from overseas have been confirmed.

There are over 339,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 14,000, while more than 98,000 have recovered.

The commission reported a total of 3,287 deaths at the end of Wednesday, up six from the previous day.

- On Wednesday, 6 infected people died in Hubei and with this the number of dead in China rose to 3,287.

The total number of cases now stands at 81,285.

Hubei health commission said on Thursday that 914 people were still in severe condition and another 287 in critical condition in hospitals.

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According to the Xinhua news agency, 410 cases including 4 deaths have been reported in Hong Kong, 30 cases in Macau SAR and 235 cases in Taiwan, including 2 deaths.

China on Wednesday downgraded the risk level of the coronavirus in its epicentre Wuhan from high to medium and resumed bus services within the city for the first time since the nine-week lockdown. Life is slowly returning to normal in Hubei, which is home to some 60 million people.

Stricter measures will also be taken to curb the spread of the virus on flights arriving or leaving the country and to ensure that passenger load factor is lower than 75 percent, the CAAC said, adding that it might further slash global flights if necessary.

The government has downgraded the risk level of Wuhan for Covid-19 outbreak from high to medium, according to official media reports.

As the pandemic is spreading across the world, Chinese authorities lately deployed measures to guard against imported cases of COVID-19 and a rebound in domestically transmitted cases.

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