Wuhan still combating coronavirus; China reports 51 new cases

WION Web Team
WUHAN Published: May 25, 2020, 02:21 PM(IST)

Coronavirus in Wuhan, China Photograph:( Reuters )

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Chinese health authority had conducted 11,46,156 nucleic acid tests on May 23 in the epicentre Wuhan.

With 40 asymptomatic infection cases, China has reported 51 new coronaviruses and the majority of them in the contagion's first epicentre Wuhan, where over six million tests have been conducted in the last 10 days, health officials said on Monday.

Chinese health authority had conducted 11,46,156 nucleic acid tests on May 23 in the epicentre Wuhan. 

The novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and then spread to the entire world. 

According to data provided by the health authorities, more than 14 lakh nucleic acid tests were conducted in Wuhan a day earlier.

The nucleic acid test is a technique used to detect a virus or bacteria that acts as a pathogen in blood, tissue, or urine. 

While no new domestically-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported in China on Sunday, 11 imported cases including 10 in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and one in Sichuan province were reported, the NHC said in its daily report.

Out of the 40 new asymptomatic cases, 38 were reported in Wuhan, which is currently undergoing mass testing of its over 11.2 million people after a spike in the asymptomatic cases. Currently, 396 people with asymptomatic symptoms are under medical observation in China, including 326 in Wuhan, according to the health authority.

Asymptomatic cases refer to the patients who have tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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