On Sunday, Mainland China recorded a fall in new coronavirus cases for the fourth continuous day as Beijing is in search to exterminate the risk of a secondary wave of infections by closing down its borders to foreign travelers and slashing international flights.
Numbers have gone Down Sharply
On Monday, The National Health Commission said in a statement that 31 new coronavirus cases were registered on Sunday, consisting of one locally transmitted infection, decreasing from 45 cases a day earlier. Four new deaths were recorded, taking the total death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the mainland to 3,304, from 81,470 infections.
The number of new cases of infections has gone down sharply in the mainland from the peak in February.
Now, the government is urging businesses and factories to reopen for business as it launches several fiscal and monetary stimulus to instigate a recovery from what many now expect to be an outright economic contraction in January-March.
Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that the government is going to re-tweak support policies for small and medium-sized firms hastily as the situation fosters to protect them from the hit due to the coronavirus.
Chinese firms were advised to actively resume operations and production even as coronavirus prevention efforts continue, Xi also stated during a Sunday visit to Ningbo, a major port city in eastern Zhejiang province, as per the state media.
Risk of Second Wave
Hubei province, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus and where the outbreak first occurred in late 2019, registered no new cases for the sixth consecutive day on Sunday after the province of 60 million people terminated its traffic restrictions and resumed some domestic flights to other parts of China.
Gansu, the north-western province recorded a new case on Sunday of a traveler from Hubei who drove back along with a health code stating the person was free of virus, however.
Beijing still has concerns regarding the risk of a second wave of the epidemic which could be instigated by cases that involve travelers coming to China who were infected overseas.
Now, the virus has spread globally, affecting hundreds of thousands outside China’s borders.
China has banned foreigners from coming to the country and issued orders that airlines have to cut the number of international flights into the country. The vast majority of the so-called imported cases reported to date have been Chinese nationals, many of whom are students.
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