At least 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including five locally transmitted infections, have been reported in China.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily bulletin revealed that other than the 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the mainland on Saturday, 47 new asymptomatic cases were also reported.
According to officials, nine of the 13 administrative districts of virus-hit Wuhan city were declared low-risk areas’ signifying a gradual return to normalcy.
According to NHC, 1,024 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation, including 244 from abroad.
Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those who test positive for the virus but do not show any symptom and have the potential to cause sporadic infection clusters.
Three deaths were also reported from virus epicentre Hubei Province on Saturday taking the coronavirus death toll in the country to 3,329 people.
The overall confirmed cases in the mainland reached 81,669 on Saturday, including 1,376 patients undergoing treatment and 76,964 others discharged from hospitals after recovery.
With another administrative district being classified as low risk’ for the infection, there are nine district in total in Wuhan marked as low risk’.
The other four districts of Wuhan are classified as medium-risk, Xinhua reported.
On March 27, Wuhan’s coronavirus risk evaluation was downgraded from high risk’ to medium risk’. Now, Hubei Province has no cities or counties marked as high risk’.
Hubei province, which has a population of 56 million, was put under lockdown on January 23. Officials say the province is gradually being opened up as the virus has abated with fewer new infection cases in recent weeks.