Mainland China reports one new coronavirus case, East Asia News & Top Stories

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

The latest figures come as China strikes back against accusations from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others that the pandemic may have originated in a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where it was first detected late past year.

China reported one new case of coronavirus Tuesday and no deaths, marking three weeks since it recorded a Covid-19 fatality.

China has reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, including 12 asymptomatic ones, taking the number of infections in the country to 82,877 while over 4,630 people have succumbed to the deadly virus, health officials said on Sunday. All three were Chinese arriving from overseas.

Also on Saturday, 12 new asymptomatic cases were reported in China. So far, 968 asymptomatic cases, including 98 from overseas, are still under medical observation, it said.

China reported its first imported cases on February 26, after the small autonomous region of Ningxia confirmed that a patient travelling from Iran had tested positive. With no new deaths reported, the death toll remained at 4,633. Since then, the virus has infected more than 3.5 million people, killing nearly 250,000 of them.

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