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China reports 45 new COVID-19 cases - all but one imported

China reports 45 new COVID-19 cases - all but one imported

People wearing face masks wait for a subway train in Wuhan of Hubei province, the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak, Mar 28, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

BEIJING: China reported 45 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Mar 28, down from 54 on the previous day, with all but one involving travellers from overseas, the country's health authority said on Sunday (Mar 29).

The number of so-called "imported" cases also fell from 54 on the previous day, data from the National Health Commission showed.

China also reported five new deaths on Saturday, all of which were in Wuhan in Hubei province, where the COVID-19 respiratory illness was first identified. A total of 3,300 people have now died in mainland China, with a reported 81,439 infections.

Saturday marked the fourth consecutive day that Hubei province recorded no new confirmed cases. With traffic restrictions in the province lifted, Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is also gradually reopening borders and restarting some local transportation services.

The only domestic transmission on Saturday was recorded in central China's Henan province, which borders Hubei.

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Source: Reuters/mn

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