Authorities in mainland China reported 17 new novel coronavirus cases inside the country today, including 10 that were locally transmitted.
The country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that five of the new local transmissions were reported in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China considered ground zero for the global pandemic.
Wuhan reported its first new case in more than a month yesterday, raising concerns that a second wave of cases could be coming. The city’s Dongxihu district was classified as being at a medium risk level as of Sunday afternoon, while other areas of Wuhan remain low risk.
Troubling signs in the northeast: Fresh lockdown measures were announced for the city of Shulan in China’s northeastern Jilin province over the weekend after 11 coronavirus cases were reported there yesterday.
A statement released by Jilin’s provincial health commission on Sunday said Shulan is currently under lockdown since Saturday, with public services and recreation venues shut down and only takeaway services allowed for restaurants.
Gatherings are banned and only one member from each household is allowed to go out to collect daily necessities. The statement did not say how long the lockdown measures would last.
The epidemic risk level in Shulan has been changed to “high,” the top level on China’s scale.
Total cases: The NHC said it has now identified 82,918 Covid-19 patients. Right now, there are 780 asymptomatic patients under medical observation, 12 of which are new cases. A total of 78,144 coronavirus patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. More than 4,600 have died.