China Sees Increase in New Travel-Related COVID-19 Cases

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Health Editor’s Note: As states in the U.S. begin to relax the “stay in place orders” and open up more businesses, there is not reason why we will not see a surge of new COVID-19 cases and subsequent deaths.  We have seen upticks in numbers since the Easter and Mother’s Day holidays in which people did not adhere to the stay at home orders….Carol

China witnesses surge in new travel-related COVID-19 cases, says GlobalData

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As China opens up for businesses, the country is witnessing a new surge of travel-related COVID-19 cases in Jilin province in Northern China. The country had successfully kept the new cases in the single digits for a while, but there have been more than 40 new cases in the last five days, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.



Kasey Fu, Director of Epidemiology at GlobalData, comments: “The numbers may seem low compared to global cases count. However, considering how quickly COVID-19 can spread, its long incubation period and the high asymptomatic rate, this sudden surge is very concerning. If it is not controlled quickly, large scale infections can very easily erupt.”

The Chinese government’s response has been swift. Transportation restrictions have been put in place. Non-essential stores and restaurants have been closed. People have been encouraged to stay in place and self-isolate again.

Detailed information has been made available to the public about the new cases. This information includes movements of the newly infected cases, such as where they worked, lived, shopped, ate and visited for the past two weeks. While this information, if accurate, is certainly useful for determining the persons who needs to be isolated and…read more:

 

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