Coronavirus: China reports no new local cases outside of Hubei for 3rd day straight

Mainland China reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, for the third straight day, while major Chinese cities remained on alert for imported infections.

Mainland China had 19 new cases of coronavirus infections on Monday, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, down from 40 cases a day earlier.

Of the new cases, 17 were in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei which is under lockdown, while one was in Beijing and one other in Guangdong due to people arriving from abroad, according to the health authority.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 80,754.

While the spread of the virus within China has sharply slowed in the past week, authorities are aware of the risks from foreigners and Chinese nationals traveling to China from viral hot spots abroad such as Iran and Italy.

The one case in Beijing on Monday was due to a traveler from Britain, and that in Guangdong was an imported case from Spain. As of Monday, there have been 69 imported cases.

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