China reports new coronavirus cases that climb to six-week high

China reports new coronavirus cases that climb to six-week high

China reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks on Monday, as the country tries to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections, dpa reported.

Authorities counted 108 new coronavirus infections over the past day, including 98 cases among travellers returning from abroad, according to the National Health Commission.

This is the highest number of reported infections since March 6, when authorities counted 143 new cases.

However, state media has reported that travellers crossing the border from Russia are spreading the coronavirus in the Chinese border city of Suifenhe in the north-eastern Heilongjiang province.

Around 300 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in the city by Saturday, including 100 infected people who did not appear to be showing any symptoms.  Of the new cases reported Monday, 10 were locally transmitted infections, including seven cases in Heilongjiang province and three cases in the southern Guangdong province.