China is worried that the second coronavirus epidemic may come from foreign tourists

China is worried that the second coronavirus epidemic may come from foreign tourists


China reported an rise in new infections of coronavirus as doctors in Wuhan's central city cautioned that its activity was not yet well understood. 

Hard restrictions enforced in China since January have reined sharply in infections since the height of the outbreak, but it has spread across the world to kill 1.6 million people with 100,000 fatalities. But still the Chinese authorities fear the risk of a second wave caused by international arrivals or patients with asymptomas. 

"We can't say there's no such possible risk," said Wang Xinghuan, president of the Leishenshan hospital in Wuhan, his latter designed particularly for patients with viruses.

He told reporters. that, As some experts don't expect a major second wave, the risk couldn't be ignored thanks to China's strict controls.  Wang said "At present, from the hospital perspective, our understanding of the virus is still very insufficient."

He said, For example, it wasn't immediately clear how asymptomatic people were contagious. 

Doctors in China have seen some variations in virus activity from that witnessed in Europe and the US, Zhao Yan, a doctor at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, said. 

The National Health Commission reported on Friday 46 new cases including 42 from overseas, up from 42 a day earlier, while the province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, reported no new cases for a seventh consecutive day. Of a newly imported cases, 22 were in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, where in recent cases Chinese nationals crossing Russia's border figured in a rise. 

National health officials have said some of the recent imported cases included these cases, while the province had one local case in its capital, Harbin. Otherwise, by Saturday morning, Inner Mongolia had a regular count of 27 new imported cases, including those from Russia, the health authority of the region said. 

Manzhouli, the region's capital, along the border with Russia, said it was planning a new hospital to treat patients with viruses that would be completed Tuesday. 

The United States consulate said. that, the spike in cases from overseas has prompted officials in Guangzhou's southern city to step up surveillance of foreigners, warning bars and restaurants not to serve customers who tend to be of African descent.

The number of infections in Mainland China now stands at 81,953. On Friday the death toll increased by three to 3,339. 

According to the health commission, China detected 34 new asymptomatic cases Friday, down from 47 the previous day.

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