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China reports just 1 new domestic virus case, 20 more imported

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    March 17, 2020 3:56 AM EDT




    China reported on Tuesday just one new domestic coronavirus infection but found 20 more cases imported from abroad, threatening to spoil its progress against the disease.

    The single case in Wuhan will boost China's view that it has "basically curbed" the spread of a disease that is believed to have emerged in a live animal market in the central city in December.

    Wuhan and its 11 million people were placed under strict quarantine on January 23, with the rest of Hubei province going under lockdown in the following days.

    Authorities tightened restrictions in the city even further on February 11, confining people to their homes as health workers faced a daily deluge of well over 1,000 cases -- a move officials say was critical in containing the virus.

    Other cities across the country enacted further measures to compel most people to stay indoors, and no new domestic infections have been detected outside Hubei for many days in a row.

    But the country is now concerned about an influx of cases from abroad, with an average of 20,000 people flying into China every day.

    Beijing started on Monday to require almost all international arrivals to go into 14-day quarantine in designated hotels. 


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