China reports 5 new coronavirus cases, down from 8 a day earlier

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Mainland China reported five new confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Thursday, down from eight the previous day, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Sunday.

Two of the five confirmed cases were so-called imported infections, while three were locally transmitted in the north eastern Chinese city of Jilin.

The number of confirmed cases in the mainland now stands at 82 947 and the death toll is at 4 634.

The three domestically-transmitted cases are related to a district in Jilin city called Fengman, which has been classified by Chinese officials as a high-risk area for COVID-19.

Heightened disease control measures in the district include only allowing one person from a family to go out and purchase daily necessities each day, according to the district’s official post on WeChat.

Residents were advised not to leave the city and any who do need to leave must provide a negative test result taken within the previous 48 hours.

Jilin is the second largest city of Jilin province, which borders North Korea and Russia. It temporarily suspended passenger train services last Wednesday.

The number of China’s new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus fell to 12 from 13, the NHC said.

The video below shows the number of  Global COVID-19 confirmed cases which is nearing 4.6 million