China reports 67 new imported coronavirus cases

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Beijing and Fujian both reported six cases, Shaanxi reported three cases, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Yunnan each reported two cases, and Shanxi, Jilin and Henan reported one respectively.

Reports revealed that there were another 47 imported infections from overseas, the National Health Commission of China reported as the number of cases continued to surge in the country.

China is strongly pushing back on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's insistence on referring to the deadly novel coronavirus that has sparked a global pandemic as the "Wuhan virus" after the city in China where it was first detected.

In total, 474 imported infections have been diagnosed in China - mostly Chinese nationals returning home according to the foreign ministry. In Hubei and Wuhan alone as of Wednesday 3,169 people died since January.

Hubei health commission said on Thursday that 914 people were still in severe condition and another 287 in critical condition in hospitals.

Hubei, home to some 60 million people, reported no new cases on Wednesday and opened its borders. So far, 410 confirmed cases, including four deaths have been reported in Hong Kong 30 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 235 in Taiwan including two deaths, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Since December, the country has reported over 81,000 cases of the illness in all, though some 73,000 patients have since recovered.

Following a harrowing battle with the pathogen, the city of Wuhan - Hubei's provincial capital, where the majority of China's Covid-19 infections were observed - lifted its quarantine earlier this week, and also reported zero new cases on Tuesday.

Wuhan airport will resume domestic passenger flights starting the same day, authorities said Wednesday - but will not operate flights to and from Beijing.

The government has downgraded the risk level of Wuhan for Covid-19 outbreak from high to medium, according to official media reports.

The global death toll from the virus has crossed 21,000, with more than 472,000 cases confirmed worldwide, according to US -based Johns Hopkins University.

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