Health official warns of COVID-19 rebound


China still faces a rebound risk in COVID-19 cases as 10 provincial-level regions reported locally transmitted coronavirus cases in the past two weeks, a top health official warned on Monday.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said that three new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday. All three Chinese were coming from abroad. Also, 13 new asymptomatic cases, including two imported ones, were reported.

NHC said that as of Sunday, 962 asymptomatic cases, 98 of which were abroad, are still under medical supervision. Asymptomatic cases refer to those who are tested for COVID-19 positive but do not develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat.

However, they risk spreading the disease to others. NHC spokesman Mr. Feng said 10 provincial-level areas have reported new locally transmitted cases of asymptomatic cases in the past 14 days, suggesting that the risks of resurgence and even epidemic outbreaks are still Are present, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

However, many offices, businesses, and tourist destinations were reopened in Beijing, with some theaters, theaters, and public spaces such as arcades closed for epidemic prevention and control, the report added.

The death toll in the country is 4,633, as there were no new deaths on Sunday. As of Sunday, the total confirmed cases in the Chinese mainland reached 82180, with 481 still under treatment.

The novel coronavirus, which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, has claimed nearly 250,000 lives and infected over 3.5 million people globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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