BEIJING– Mainland China reported 16 brand-new cases of the unique coronavirus as of the end of July 18, up from 22 reported a day earlier, the Chinese nationwide health authority stated on Sunday.
Of the brand-new infections, 13 were found in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western area of Xinjiang. The other 3, recorded in the southern province of Guangdong and eastern province of Shandong, were imported infection involving tourists from overseas, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) and Xinjiang local health commission.
The validated case in Shandong was a worker from state oil business China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, operating in Kuwait, the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission in Shandong stated on Sunday.
Another eight Sinopec staff members traveling from Kuwait on Friday were also diagnosed as asymptomatic patients by the Qingdao health authority.
On Saturday, mainland China recorded an overall of 42 new asymptomatic cases, consisting of 18 brand-new asymptomatic patients in Urumqi.
The far western city entered into “wartime mode” on Saturday, releasing an emergency action strategy after the city reported a spike in brand-new coronavirus cases.
As of Saturday, mainland China had 83,660 confirmed coronavirus cases, the nationwide health authority stated. The death toll stayed at 4,634 (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Tom Daly; Editing by William Mallard and Jacqueline Wong)