Chinese authorities announced 108 new confirmed cases on Monday, unheard of since March 5. Almost half are Chinese who have returned from Russia.
Containment has been lifted for a few days in Wuhan, but China has not been out of the woods in its fight against the coronavirus epidemic. The number of new contaminations detected went up again, and reached, Monday, April 13, its highest level since March 5, with 108 new cases in 24 hours. One province is particularly affected: the Heilongjiang, in the northeast of the country, on the border with Russia.
Sunday, the report reported 99 new cases. Of the 108 new cases announced Monday, 98 are “imported”, says the National Health Commission, that is to say that the patients return from abroad, and have not been infected in China.
Half of them are in the same province, Heilongjiang, where 49 Chinese nationals who returned from Russia tested positive for the virus within 24 hours. The province is adjacent to the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia, which is home to the city of Vladivostok. The border is now closed in both directions, except for Chinese nationals returning to their country.
On Wednesday, the border town of Suifenhe, the main entry point from Russia, had implemented containment measures similar to those of Wuhan, allowing exits only every three days for essential races. The official Chinese agency Xinhua announced the emergency refitting of an office building in a hospital for Covid-19 patients. The people returned from abroad, they are tested quarantined for twenty-eight days, in Suifenhe but also in Harbin, capital of the province.
The cases “imported” from Russia are not limited to this province, since 60 passengers of a flight arriving in Shanghai Friday from Moscow were tested positive. About 160,000 Chinese nationals live in Russia, where the epidemic is booming: a new report, Monday, reported 148 dead (18 more than the day before) and 18,328 cases detected (including 2,558 new in 24 hours) ).