China has recorded the lowest number of active confirmed COVID-19 cases since January 23 when authorities enforced full lockdown on the city of Wuhan, officials said.
A spokesman from National Health Commission claimed today that there are only 481 coronavirus patients receiving treatment in mainland China.
The health official also declared that the infection tally of imported cases has declined for three consecutive weeks.
But there is widespread disbelief at Beijing’s figures from global leaders who accuse Beijing of covering up the true scale of its outbreak and letting the coronavirus sweep across the world.
Pictured, a medical worker named Cheng Wei takes care of a COVID-19 patient whose nucleic acid test result has turned negative at the Union Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan on April 24
The city of Wuhan, where the virus was believed to be originated, was driven into a draconian lockdown on January 23, with no one allowed to enter or leave. A man riding a bike passes by the front a makeshift barricade built during the lockdown in Wuhan on April 21
Overall, China has reported 82,880 coronavirus infections and 4,633 deaths. More than 77,000 patients have recovered from the deadly disease, according to official figures.
Mi Feng, a spokesperson from China’s National Health Commission, said Monday that the number of active infections in China dropped below 500 for the first time since January 23.
The city of Wuhan, where the virus was believed to be originated, was driven into a draconian lockdown on January 23, with no one allowed to enter or leave.
The tally of imported cases from abroad has also decreased for three weeks in a row, said Mi during a press conference today.
China recorded 92 new confirmed imported cases in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of infections to 1,675.
China recorded 92 new confirmed imported cases in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of infections to 1,675. The photo taken on February 16 shows a doctor looking at a CT image as he checks a COVID-19 patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital
The country has enforced a clampdown on inbound travellers from abroad amid fears of a second wave of the outbreak after seeing a spike of imported cases in March and April. A worker in protective suits take the temperature of a traveller in Beijing on April 19
The country has enforced a clampdown on inbound travellers from abroad amid fears of a second wave of the outbreak after seeing a spike of imported cases in March and April.
In late April, the communist government adopted draconian quarantine measures in Harbin of 10 million people, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang in north-eastern China.
The government released a directive to instruct further restrictions on its residents, visitors and inbound traffic.
Before entering any public facilities and residential complexes, people must use a government-approved health app to prove they don’t have the virus, have their temperature taken and wear a face mask, the notice says.
Harbin, a city of around 10 million people in north-eastern China’s Heilongjiang province, has adopted draconian quarantine measures against the coronavirus. The picture shows a man keeping watch at a checkpoint in the border city of Suifenhe, in Heilongjiang, on April 21
The country also closed all entry and exit points on its 4,296-kilometre (2,670-mile) land border with Russia to stop the spread of the bug.
Russia has become China’s largest source of imported cases, according to state media. Most of the patients are Chinese citizens doing business in the neighbouring country.
There are currently 402 active coronavirus patients from abroad, according to the health official today. Zero deaths were reported from China’s imported cases and 1,273 of such patients have been discharged from hospitals.
But China’s daily coronavirus figures have been much disputed as the officials are accused by world leaders of lying about the outbreak to avoid embarrassment.
The accusations come as sources claim that Ministers were told ‘not to believe Beijing’s claims’ and to pour cold water on all information coming out of China.
Britain’s intelligence agencies knew what was ‘really happening’ from the beginning and had made London ‘fully aware’, according to The Daily Telegraph.
It is likely that Boris Johnson received intelligence briefings on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei, before ordering the lockdown (pictured, January 24, 2020)
President Donald Trump suggested that the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe is the result of a ‘horrible mistake’ made by China
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump last night pinned the global coronavirus outbreak squarely upon China, which he accused of a state cover-up after making a ‘horrible mistake’.
The president continued to point the finger at Beijing and fuelled growing suggestions that COVID-19 spread from a Wuhan laboratory before snowballing into a worldwide pandemic.
His fiery remarks at Sunday’s Fox News virtual town hall meeting at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial came hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was a ‘significant amount of evidence’ the disease had escaped.
Trump also said there was enough evidence to prove President Xi Jinping’s regime misled the global community.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump last night pinned the global coronavirus outbreak squarely upon China, which he accused of a state cover-up after making a ‘horrible mistake’. FILE: Workers are seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan on February 23, 2017
‘Well, I don’t think there’s any question about it. We wanted to go in, they didn’t want us to go in. Things are coming out that are pretty compelling. I don’t think there’s any question,’ the president said Sunday.
‘Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it,’ he added.
His comments came as a Department of Homeland Security report shared on Sunday revealed US officials believe China ‘intentionally concealed the severity’ of the pandemic in early January and hoarded medical supplies.
The four-page report dated May 1 that was obtained by the Associated Press notes that China downplayed the virus publicly but increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies.