Coronavirus birthplace Wuhan reports zero new infections for first time

The central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus epidemic, reported no new infections for the first time, while imported cases jumped a record, led by new infections in the capital of Beijing.

Newly imported infections also accounted for all new confirmed cases in mainland China, which put increased pressure on authorities to screen travelers in major tourist centers.

Mainland China counted 34 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, the country’s national health commission announced, more than double the 13 cases registered the day before.

Of the 34 imported infections, Beijing accounted for 21 cases, a daily record for the city.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to date to 80,928, the health authority said on Thursday.

The death toll from the epidemic in mainland China reached 3,245 by the end of Wednesday, eight more than the previous day.

In central Hubei province, there were eight new deaths, with the provincial capital of Wu accounting for six of the deaths.