China reports no new coronavirus cases for first time since pandemic began

SHANGHAI – China did not register any new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the mainland on May 22, the first time the number of cases has not increased daily since the pandemic started in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Saturday that this has been compared to four new cases the previous day. However, two new suspected cases were reported: an imported case in Shanghai and a locally transferred case in the northeastern province of Jilin.

New asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus dropped to 28 from 35 a day earlier, according to the NHC.

China has seen a sharp decline in locally transmitted cases since March, as severe restrictions on people movement helped control the epidemic in many parts of the country.

However, it continued to see an influx of imported cases, mainly involving Chinese nationals returning from abroad, while new outbreaks have emerged in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in recent weeks.

Wuhan also reported its first cluster of infections this month since the city’s shutdown on April 8, prompting authorities to warn that measures against the epidemic could not be eased and to launch a campaign to all 11 million residents of Wuhan to be tested for COVID- 19.

The number of confirmed cases on the mainland was 82,971 and the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

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