Mainland China reports drop in new imported coronavirus cases, no local transmissions


Reporting by Ryan Woo and Se Young Lee; Additional Reporting by Stella Qiu and Yawen Chen; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Michael Perry, Reuters 

March 24, 2020


BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported a drop in new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday as imported infections fell and no locally transmitted infections were reported, including in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak in China.


China is ramping up quarantine and screening rules for all international arrivals due to the risks from imported cases.


Quanzhou city in Fujian province will cancel all international and regional flights, starting March 26, after four imported cases from the Philippines were found on Tuesday.


The Quanzhou Jinjiang international airport will cancel 17 routes including those connecting Manila, Hong Kong, and Macau, the Fujian government said in a notice.


China’s capital city Beijing has already diverted flights to other cities where passengers will be screened and quarantined.


China has encouraged airlines to keep international flights running by offering cash subsidies.


The number of new coronavirus cases totalled 47 on Tuesday, all of which were from travellers returning home, down from 78 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said.


New imported cases in Beijing, Guangdong and Fujian declined, though the daily tally of new imported infections rose to a record 19 cases in the financial hub of Shanghai.


New cases of infected international arrivals were also reported in Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Shaanxi.


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