China says no new domestic cases following increase over weekend

China reported no new domestic coronavirus infections on Tuesday, after two consecutive days of double-digit increases fueling fears of a second wave of infections.

China has largely mastered the virus, but it remains nervous, fearing that a second wave will undermine its efforts to restart the economy.

A new cluster re-emerged this weekend in the city of Wuhan, where the pandemic first appeared, while the city of Shulan, in the northeast of the country, was locked out Sunday after another epidemic has emerged.

The Chinese National Health Commission reported on 17 new cases on Monday, including five in Wuhan. Seven of the new cases were imported.

The day before, China had announced the first double-digit increase in the number of cases nationwide in nearly 10 days, saying that 14 new infections had been confirmed. Wuhan also saw its first new case in more than a month.

For the 27th consecutive day, deaths have been reported and one imported case has been recorded.

The official death toll in the country remains at 4,633, while the total number of infections on the continent is 82,919.

(AFP)