China on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, 2020, the National Health Commission said.
Cases in mainland China have been dwindling since March, but the country faces a second wave of infections brought in from overseas, with health officials reporting nearly 1,000 imported cases in total.
China’s health authorities reported 32 new cases nationwide, all of which were imported.
Health officials said there were also 30 new asymptomatic infections, bringing the national total to 1,033. Around a quarter of the current total of asymptomatic cases were also imported from overseas.
To date, 81,740 people have been infected and 3,331 have been killed by the deadly virus in China, with the vast majority in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from the pandemic has surpassed 70,000 as the virus ravages numerous countries in Europe and the US.