Coronavirus | China tightens measures for worldwide passengers

17 Mars, 2020, 04:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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A total of 123 cases from overseas have now been reported, with four of the 12 latest detected in Beijing.

In order to get on the flight, she didn't tell anyone that she believed she might be infected with the coronavirus.

Upon arrival in Beijing, Li and her family were taken to the hospital.

With the increase in imported cases, Beijing local government has announced to send all worldwide arrivals into the city to quarantine facilities starting Monday as part of stepped-up measures against COVID-19 cases from overseas. Beijing authorities said 59 people who'd come into close contact with Li were all being monitored as well.

The vast majority of that number are returning Chinese nationals.

China's Ministry of Education has announced that though the COVID-19 is slowing down, schools won't resume until local authorities put the virus outbreak under control and roll out necessary containment measures.

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Mainland China reported a drop in new coronavirus infections on Sunday, but major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai continued to wrestle with cases of infected travelers arriving from overseas.

China has tightened checks on global travelers, with the capital Beijing ordering 14 days in its quarantine facilities for anyone arriving from aboard, starting Monday. Beijing is now loosening domestic restrictions on movement, with downgraded emergency response levels in many provinces and an increasing number of companies slowly allowed to go back to work. Guangdong province recently found an imported infection in a Chinese national returned from the Philippines, while Gansu province reported imported cases from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

They also say 13 more people have died, mainly in Hubei Province, with the country's death toll now standing at 3,226.

On Sunday, China reported 20 new infections, 16 of which were imported, including five cases in Beijing: three of travelers from Spain, one from Italy and the other from Thailand.

One coronavirus-themed hashtag was viewed 60 million times on China's Twitter-like Weibo site, with many users saying they wished US President Donald Trump was infected, and others calling for "strict" controls to prevent imported cases.

"But now Europe has suddenly become the new center of the epidemic, bringing us vast uncertainty". By the end of Saturday, 111 imported cases had been reported, NHC said.

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