New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After placing the longest-ever nationwide lock down, the border control measures were stepped up further by the Chinese government, as a steep rise in imported coronavirus cases was recorded up till 951 positive cases, alongside a substantial surge in asymptomatic cases – raising the anxiousness of a second wave of the Coronavirus infections, majorly from the Chinese returning home from abroad despite massive containment practices in place.

A health official in Beijing said that the Chinese capital will probably remain under long-term coronavirus epidemic control.

“Around 951 imported cases have been reported till Sunday as China airlifted more of its nationals from different countries currently struggling to cope with COVID-19 spread”, Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC) said.

Mi said the pressure brought by imported cases on China continues to rise, especially those from the neighboring countries. Around 20 imported Covid-19 infections were recorded in Suifenhe, a Chinese port city -- with a population of 70,000 bordering China and Russia, on Monday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 39 new coronavirus cases were reported in China, including 38 imported ones on Monday, raising fears of a second wave of the COVID-19 infections. The NHC said one new domestic case was reported from Guangdong province, which is a major industrial belt.

Also, on Sunday 78 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, including 40 imported ones, the NHC said, remarking that 1,047 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation.

Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those who test positive for the virus but do not show any symptoms and have the potential to cause sporadic clusters of infections.

At present, China has banned the entry of foreigners and is permitting only overseas Chinese returning home. On Saturday, five new local cases were reported raising concerns of the cases surfacing again, though in smaller numbers as China resumed production and manufacturing at full steam after over two months.

Xu Hejian, the spokesperson for Beijjing’s municipal government highlighted the importance of seizing the critical window to resume work and production, and bring people's lives back to normal as transmission of the epidemic has been basically interrupted in Beijing and nationwide, although there were still imported and sporadic cases, Xinhua reported

Also on Sunday, one death was reported from the coronavirus epicenter Hubei province, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 3,331 people.

The overall confirmed cases on the mainland have reached 81,708 by Sunday, including 1,299 patients still being treated, 77,078 patients discharged after recovery, and 3,331 people died of the disease, the NHC said.

By Sunday, 890 confirmed cases, including four deaths have been reported in Hong Kong, 44 confirmed cases in the Macao, and 363 in Taiwan including five deaths, it said.

The capital Beijjing, the nucleus for international exchanges of people and goods, still bears the pressure of infection risks as the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate, Xu Hejian, the spokesperson for Beijjing’s municipal government said, adding that there is no chance to call off the city's prevention and control work in a short time.

The overall strategy of guarding against the imported cases and a rebound in indigenous cases will remain unchanged, Xu added.

Posted By: Talib Khan