China's Wuhan finds no new COVID cases, 300 asymptomatics in tests

02 Juin, 2020, 18:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Wuhan officials launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April

China has reported 15 new coronavirus cases while Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19, where over nine million people have been tested in the last few weeks has not registered any asymptomatic case for the first time, the health authority said on Tuesday.

Asymptomatic cases pose a problem as the patients are tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat.

More than 9.8 million people were tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference.

No asymptomatic people were found to have infected others, said Lu Zuxun, a public health expert from Wuhan's Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

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China reported the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in almost three weeks with 16 new infections discovered on May 31, as the number of the so-called imported cases jumped in southwestern Sichuan province.

Meanwhile, Wuhan which has been reporting a number of asymptomatic cases for a while for the first time reported zero cases on Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 83,022, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

"Wuhan spent approximately 900 million yuan [$126.58 million] on its city-wide nucleic test campaign, and the expense will be shouldered by the Wuhan government", said Hu Yabo, executive deputy mayor of Wuhan.

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