Concern as China tries to contain new coronavirus outbreak

A passenger wearing protective gear stands next to a train before departure to Beijing, at the railway station in Wuhan, China. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

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A series of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northeastern Heilongjiang province is raising concern that a second wave of the virus could emerge in the Asian country.

As China removes lockdowns and the overall number of new countrywide cases remains low, authorities in the province are taking action to prevent the new clusters from spreading out of control.

Since mid-April, several clusters of COVID-19 infection have been reported in Heilongjiang province’s major cities. The province now has 386 active cases that have symptoms, and 116 recovered cases. Officials claim all of the currently active cases are “imported,” with most of them being Chinese nationals returning from Russia.

In Mudanjiang City, cases started to emerge after a local hospital took in COVID-19 patients transferred from a small town near the border with Russia.

The provincial capital, Harbin, has also reported several new COVID-19 infection clusters at hospitals. In one instance, an 87-year-old patient infected 78 others within a few days, forcing the Harbin Second Hospital to close.

Read more via DW

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