China reported 89 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, a slight drop from the day before, the country’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday. All but three of the new cases were found in people who had recently entered the country from overseas.
An additional 54 asymptomatic cases were also reported, meaning that there are now a total of 1,005 asymptomatic cases under medical observation. China recently started counting asymptomatic cases separately, amid fears that people who are unaware they are carrying the virus could spark a second wave of transmission.
In recent days, efforts to stop the spread of the virus have focused on the Russia-China border, where most of the new cases are being reported. The number of people allowed to cross the border has been sharply curtailed, and cities near the border have introduced stricter quarantine requirements for those returning from abroad.