China reports 49 new Covid-19 Coronavirus cases as fears of another wave in Beijing rise


Mainland China reported 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for Sunday, June 14, down from 57 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Monday morning.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement that 39 of the new confirmed cases were locally transmitted.

Thirty-six of the new cases were in Beijing, the same number reported for the capital a day earlier and tied for the highest daily infection count for the city since authorities started releasing data. The case origination is still being investigated by authorities but initial data seems to suggest that it could have come from a large market.

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A city of more than 20 million people, Beijing enforced some of China’s strictest travel controls at the start of the pandemic. Until the latest outbreak, the city had gone more than 50 days without a new case.

Municipal authorities shut down sporting events and tourism sites in the capital on Saturday. Restaurants are once again discouraged from accepting large groups for dining together. Eleven residential complexes near the market have been locked down and its residents forbidden from leaving. Beijing’s Fengtai district, where Xinfadi market is located, was designated a high risk area on Sunday.

The NHC reported ten new imported Covid-19 coronavirus cases in mainland China as of the end of June 14, down from 19 a day earlier. The commission also reported 18 new asymptomatic cases, up from nine a day earlier.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 83,181. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

China does not count asymptomatic patients, who are infected with the virus but do not display symptoms, as confirmed cases.
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Source: Reuters/Associated Press
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