BEIJING: China on Thursday (Mar 19) reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus for the first time since it started recording them in January, but recorded a spike in infections imported from abroad.

There were 34 cases that were brought in from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, according to the National Health Commission.

China’s Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province where the disease appeared in humans late last year, also reported no new confirmed cases for the first time since the outbreak.

Eight new deaths were reported in China as of the end of Wednesday, all from Hubei province, taking the country’s death toll to 3,245.

A total of 80,928 people have now been confirmed to have the disease in China.

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The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called the new coronavirus an “enemy against humanity”, as the number of people infected in the pandemic soared past 200,000.

Worldwide fatalities topped 8,000 and more deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the new virus epicentre, than in Asia since the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

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