China says it has 49 critical COVID-19 cases, lowest since January

Beijing, Apr 25 (efe-epa).- There are only 49 people in critical condition due to COVID-19 in China, the lowest figure since the end of January, the country’s National Health Commission said Saturday.

Moreover, health authorities reported that – for the first time since the outbreak began – not one of these serious COVID-19 case is in the east-central city of Wuhan, where the first SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections were detected late last year and where currently 23 “active” infections remain.

Until midnight, 12 new cases had been recorded, 11 of which were from foreign travelers, the so-called “imported” cases, according to the Commission.

The remaining case was a “local” infection diagnosed in the north-eastern Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia and where an outbreak has been detected among travelers from Russia in recent days, prompting China to close its border with the neighboring country.

It is also the 9th consecutive day on which the Chinese authorities have not recorded any new fatalities so the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 among the 82,816 cases officially confirmed in China since the onset of the pandemic remains at 4,632.

The total number of people who have recovered from the disease and been discharged stands at 77,346, leaving the number of “active” infections in the Asian country at 838.

To date, 729,287 people in close contact with the patients have been medically monitored, of which 8,493 are still under observation, and of these, 17 are suspected cases of having been infected with the virus.

China also registered 29 new cases of asymptomatic patients, bringing the total number of asymptomatic patients under observation to 983.

The symptoms of the new disease are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath). EFE-EPA


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