Local coronavirus transmission almost stopped in China

China's latest coronavirus figures continue to show that local transmission has almost stopped, with new cases coming from people arriving from overseas.

People in face masks walking in Beijing Olympic Park amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

People in face masks walking in Beijing Olympic Park amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic Source: Getty Images

China reported 45 new coronavirus cases for 28 March, down from 54 on the previous day, with all but one involving travellers from overseas.

The number of so-called "imported" cases also fell from 54 on the previous day, data from the National Health Commission showed.


China reported five new deaths on Saturday, all of which were in Wuhan in Hubei province, where the COVID-19 respiratory illness was first identified.

A total of 3,300 people have now died in mainland China, with a reported 81,439 infections.

Saturday marked the fourth consecutive day that Hubei province recorded no new confirmed cases.

Citizens at Wuhan train station
Wuhan rail transit lines resuming operation. Source: Getty Images

With traffic restrictions in the province lifted, Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, is also gradually reopening borders and restarting some local transportation services.

The only domestic transmission on Saturday was recorded in central China's Henan province, which borders Hubei.

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Published 29 March 2020 at 1:16pm