China has diagnosed, in the last 24 hours, four new cases of covid-19, keeping the daily sum of infections in the country below ten, authorities said today.
The China Health Commission has detailed that two of the four new cases, diagnosed by 11:59 pm Thursday (4:59 pm in Lisbon), are from Jilin, the northeastern province of the country, the new focus of the disease in Chinese territory .
Jilin, who borders Russia and North Korea, has diagnosed dozens of cases in recent weeks, prompting Chinese officials to restrict travel outside the province.
The other two cases were detected in Sichuan, in the southwestern province, and are from abroad.
Health authorities also reported that, in the past 24 hours, six patients were discharged, so the number of infected people active in the Asian country stood at 82, including eight in a condition considered to be serious.
According to official data, since the beginning of the pandemic, China has registered 82,971 infected and 4,634 dead due to covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. So far, 78,255 people have been discharged.
Chinese authorities reported that 741,344 people who had close contact with infected people were under medical surveillance in China, 4,958 of whom remain under observation.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than five million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1.8 million patients were considered cured.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
JPI // ME
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