China reports six new COVID-19 cases, including one in Wuhan

China reports six new COVID-19 cases, including one in Wuhan

Residents wearing face masks line up for nucleic acid testings at a residential compound in Wuhan
FILE PHOTO: Residents wearing face masks line up for nucleic acid testings at a residential compound in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hubei province, China May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI: China reported six new coronavirus cases for May 18, compared to seven a day earlier, the health authority said on Tuesday (May 19). One of the new cases was in Wuhan.

The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that three of the six new cases were imported. The imported cases were all detected in Inner Mongolia.

Of the three new local transmissions, two were in the northeastern border province of Jilin, currently in a semi-lockdown as it battles with a new wave of infections.

Separately, the Jilin health authority reported on Tuesday that it had confirmed five new cases for May 18. No explanation was given for the discrepancy with the NHC number.

Wuhan, where the new coronavirus outbreak first began in China, reported one new case for May 18, a patient who was previously asymptomatic.

The central Chinese city in Hubei province is in the midst of a massive testing campaign to identify virus carriers who exhibit no outward signs of illness but are still capable of infecting others.

Wuhan last reported a cluster of six cases on May 9-10.

The new cases reported for May 18 takes the cumulative tally of mainland infections to 82,960, with the death toll at 4,634.

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Source: Reuters

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