China reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, including 7 in Beijing

China reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, including 7 in Beijing

People receive nucleic acid tests, during a government-organised visit to a testing site, following
A medical worker in a protective suit conducts a nucleic acid test, during a government-organised visit to a testing site in Beijing, China, Jun 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

BEIJING: China reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday (Jun 28), down from 17 reported a day earlier, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Monday.

The NHC said in a statement that five of the new COVID-19 cases were so-called imported infections involving travellers from overseas, compared with three such cases reported a day earlier. 

The seven local infections were all in the capital city of Beijing, which is trying to manage a new wave of infections.

Beijing had tested about a third of its population as of noon on Sunday as part of the city government's efforts to ensure the outbreak that emerged from the Xinfadi market did not spiral out of control.

A total of 311 people in the city, which has a population of more than 20 million, have tested positive for the virus since the first case linked to the market was reported on Jun 11.

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Regions around Beijing remain on high alert. The county of Anxin, less than 160km from the Chinese capital, announced on Saturday that it would seal off residential compounds and villages until further notice.

Anxin, which forms a part of the Xiongan New Area launched in 2017 to provide living space for Beijing, has also instructed residents to stay indoors, with "the epidemic prevention and control situation now extremely serious", according to state media.

The NHC also reported six new asymptomatic cases, compared with seven such cases a day earlier.

The total number of COVID-19 cases for mainland China now stands at 83,512, while the total death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

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Source: Reuters/zl

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