Wuhan, China, the initial Covid-19 pandemic hotspot, confirmed five new indigenous cases as the number of infections has significantly increased in mainland China.
“China registered 17 new cases of novel coronavirus on Monday – three more than the day before.” Of the newly identified cases, seven are related to overseas travel, and 10 are thought to be the result of local transmission.
In addition to five indigenous cases in Wuhan, three others came from Jilin province, one from Liaoning, which borders North Korea, and another from Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia.
While these figures might not sound so alarming considering that China was registering thousands of cases per day in February during the peak, it still marks the nation’s biggest jump in confirmed infections since April 28.
The latest data from Wuhan, which just last month celebrated the recovery of the last patient with severe Covid-19, can also be seen as a worrying sign since it is the most significant increase in cases for the pandemic ground zero in two months.
Wuhan’s last record of more than five new cases in a single day (eight) was on 11 March.
However, after 76 days of lockout, it wasn’t until early April that the last remaining travel restrictions imposed on the city when it was battling the outbreak were lifted. At the same time, Wuhan reported zero daily deaths from the disease for the first time.
Given the steady drop in the number of new patients, Beijing has slowly relaxed coronavirus controls across the region, declaring all of China as a ‘low risk’ for coronavirus on Thursday.
In addition to Hubei, there has been an increase in Shulan infections in the northeastern province of Jilin, where all the new cases are suspected to be linked to a single individual. Concerned with a potential second wave of the disease, local authorities last week increased the risk level from small to medium.
China has recorded a total of 82,918 cases from the start of the pandemic, including 4,633 fatalities.