China reports no new domestic coronavirus infection as 'imported' cases surge

WION Web Team
Wuhan Updated: Mar 19, 2020, 07:34 AM(IST)

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China's National Health Commission reported 34 cases which were brought in from abroad with the total number shooting up to  189

Wuhan in China which was the epicentre of the coronavirus reported no new domestic cases for the first time since the outbreak began, however, authorities said imported cases had surged.

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China's National Health Commission reported 34 cases which were brought in from abroad with the total number shooting up to  189.

Beijing accounted for 21 cases of the 34 imported infections from abroad.

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Chinese authorities had reported the first case of the virus on December 31, since then Wuhan has been reporting cases of infection, however on Thursday, the tide seems to have turned.

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According to the commission, there were eight deaths in Hubei province with the nationwide toll rising to 3,245.

There are at least 80,928 people who are infected from the virus.

The virus has now spread to 150 countries with Italy being the most affected outside China with 2,978 deaths, 35,713 cases.

Europe which has now become the epicentre of the virus has reported 4,112 deaths.

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