Beijing, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- China recorded 22 cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, all of them imported, the National Health Commission reported, as the country recorded the same number of infections three days in a row.
This number represents 15 more cases than those detected on Wednesday, but also marks the sixth consecutive day the Asian country has not recorded any local transmissions.
Of the 22 new imported cases, 13 were detected in Shanghai (east), three in Hebei (northeast), three in Shandong (east), two in Shaanxi (north) and one in Fujian (southeast).
On Friday, China marked one reduction in severe cases, while 59 patients were discharged and 1,141 people in close contact to those who were infected were no longer under medical observation.
The total number of active cases from abroad stood at 214 – two of them severe – out of the total of 2,390 detected, of which 2,176 have been cured and none have died.
The number of active Covid-19 cases currently stands at 454 – 19 of them severe – out of a total 84,939 cases detected in China since the start of the pandemic, which has so far resulted in 4,634 deaths.
Since then, a total of 810,056 contacts have been traced based on their proximity to those infected by the coronavirus, and 14,305 of them are still under medical observation.
With regard to asymptomatic infections, which China does not include among its count of confirmed cases, 34 new instances were recorded on Friday, all of them again imported.
An asymptomatic patient joined the list of confirmed cases and 366 others are still under medical observation, 276 of them arriving from abroad.
In the country’s special administrative region of Hong Kong, which has been experiencing a resurgence of the dreaded virus since early July, the number of total confirmed cases has reached 4,631, including 75 deaths, while some 3,900 people who were infected have been discharged.
The increase in cases in Hong Kong has led to the announcement of fresh preventive measures to check the spread of Covid-19, and start a campaign for mass testing of its population.
In Taiwan, the total number of confirmed cases stood at 487, with seven deaths, while 457 people have been cured and 30 cases remain active. EFE-EPA