Mainland China booked a fall in new coronavirus infections Sunday; however, main cities, including Shanghai, continued to grapple with cases of infected travelers arriving from overseas.
China had 16 new cases Sunday, the National Health Commission (NHC) stated Monday, down from 20 the previous day, taking the mainland’s total to 80,860.
Twelve of the new figures had been imported infections, exceeding for a third day the number of domestic transmissions.
Beijing accounted for four cases, the southern province of Guangdong for four, while the business hub of Shanghai had the least – two, with one each in southwestern Yunnan and northwestern Gansu.
China has contracted checks on international travelers, with the capital Beijing requiring 14 days in its isolation facilities for anyone arriving from aboard, starting Monday.
It has called off departures by ships on international cruises from mainland ports as well as routes to South Korea and Japan, based on remarks at a news conference Monday by the State Council.
Beijing has redirected all international flights that had been slated to land at its Daxing airport in the south to the older international airport in the northeast.
Shanghai has alloted hotels as quarantine sites for inbound international travelers; nevertheless, it has not yet made quarantine there compulsory for all travelers on arrival.
Mainland China’s locally transmitted new cases Sunday had been in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic and capital of Hubei, with four infections.
China’s death count in the pandemic stood at 3,213 by Sunday, up 14 from the previous day.