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Two new infections confirmed on mainland Saturday

By Yang Zekun | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-05-03 09:41
Staff members check the information of passengers entering China at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, March 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese mainland recorded two newly-confirmed COVID-19 infections on Saturday, marking the 18th straight day that saw no additional deaths, statistics from the National Health Commission showed on Sunday.

For the newly-confirmed cases, one was an inbound arrival reported in Shanghai and the other was a local case from North China's Shanxi province, it said.

No new suspected cases were reported on Saturday, the commission said, adding that nine of the existing 10 suspected and 451 of the 531 confirmed cases were imported.

As of Saturday, China had a total of 1,672 confirmed imported cases, with 1,221 of them cured and discharged from hospitals and six still in severe condition.

On Saturday, 28 people were discharged from hospitals after recovery, and the number of severe cases decreased by three to 34.

A total of 82,877 people had been confirmed infected on Chinese mainland while 77,713 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery as of Saturday.

Two of the 12 newly-reported asymptomatic cases on Saturday were inbound arrivals. A total of 968 such cases, including 98 from abroad, are still under medical observation. The day also saw 33 of these patients being released from the observation.

Of the 734,281 people who have been traced as close contacts with the infected, and 7,539 are still under medical observation, it added.

By Saturday, 1,039 confirmed cases, including four deaths, had been reported in Hong Kong, 45 confirmed cases reported in Macao and 432 in Taiwan, including six deaths. And 864 patients in Hong Kong, 38 in Macao and 324 in Taiwan have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.

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