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  • China reports one domestically transmitted Corona virus case after three days

    Published on March 27, 2020

    China has reported one domestically transmitted Corona virus case after three days with 54 new imported infections yesterday, prompting Beijing to temporarily cancel visas for foreigners and restrict flights to prevent the second wave of the deadly COVID-19 in the country, health officials said today.

    A new domestic case was reported in Zhejiang Province, the National Health Commission (NHC) said while epicentres Hubei and Wuhan continue to report zero cases. Five deaths were reported all from Hubei province taking the overall death toll of Corona virus in the country to 3,292.

    The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,340 yesterday, including 3,292 people who died of the disease, 3,460 patients who were still undergoing treatment.

    As the imported cases increased, China on today announced a temporary ban on the entry of foreigners holding valid visas or residence permits and drastically cut international flights in a bid to prevent the second wave of infections amid a surge in the number of imported cases in the country.

    In view of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from midnight of 28th of March, a statement jointly released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the National Immigration Administration said.

    Earlier, China’s civil aviation regulator issued a circular on to further cut international flights as part of the efforts to stem the inflow of COVID-19 cases. All domestic airlines were allowed to operate only one flight to each country per week, while foreign aviation companies should keep only one air route to China and there should be no more than one flight every week for each of the air route to China, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a circular that will be effective from 29th of March.

    Stricter measures will also be taken to curb the spread of the virus on flights arriving or leaving the country and ensure that passenger load factor is lower than 75 per cent, the CAAC said, adding that it might further slash international flights if necessary.

    The virus that first emerged in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province in December last year has spread to 175 countries, infected 5,31,860 people and has claimed 24,057 lives, according to the Johns Hopkins Corona virus tracker.