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Mainland reports no new COVID-19 cases, no new cases in Macau in 44 days

2020-05-23 14:41     Comment:0


   BEIJING - The National Health Commission (NHC) in Beijing said today that it recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland yesterday. 
   No deaths related to the disease were reported yesterday, according to the commission, adding, however, that it received reports of two new suspected cases.
   One suspected case was imported and reported in Shanghai, while the other was domestically transmitted in Jilin province, the commission's daily report said. 
   Yesterday, three patients were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases stood at nine.
   As of yesterday, a total of 82,971 confirmed COVID-19 cases had been reported on the mainland, and 4,634 people had died of the disease.
   Altogether 78,258 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital by the end of yesterday, the commission said, adding that there were 79 patients still being treated.
   With no new cases reported yesterday, the mainland's reports of imported cases remained unchanged at 1,711. Of the cases, 1,670 had been discharged from hospital after recovery, and 41 remained hospitalized with two in severe conditions. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.
   Six people were suspected of being infected with the virus, the commission said, noting that five of the cases were imported from overseas.
   The commission added that 5,085 close contacts were still under medical observation after 252 people were discharged from medical observation yesterday.
   Also yesterday, 28 new asymptomatic cases were reported on the mainland. No cases were re-categorized as confirmed cases, and 23 asymptomatic cases were discharged from medical observation.
   The commission said 370 asymptomatic cases, including 26 from overseas, were still under medical observation.
   By yesterday, 1,065 confirmed cases including four deaths had been reported in Hong Kong, 45  in Macau without any deaths, and 441 in Taiwan including seven deaths.
   A total of 1,029 patients in Hong Kong, 45 in Macau, and 408 in Taiwan had been discharged from hospitals after recovery.  

Macau govt spends US$60 million on 'quarantine hotels' 
   Meanwhile, Macau's Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre said yesterday that so far the government has spent some 60 million patacas (US$7.5 million) on quarantine facilities set up at local hotels. An official said at the centre's daily press conference about the COVID-19 situation in Macau yesterday that on that day about 300 people were in quarantine at the Pousada Marina Infante hotel in Cotai. The official said that as the hotel was "almost full" the government was planning to reopen a second "quarantine hotel" soon. At its peak, the government had booked 12 hotels for quarantine purposes. 
  As of yesterday, Macau had not confirmed a new COVID-19 case for 44 days. 
  - Xinhua, MPD
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