Tuesday, March 24, Chinese authorities reported 78 new cases of coronavirus, which raises fears of a second wave of infection because the vast majority of new cases come from abroad.
Wuhan, the epicenter where the virus emerged last year, registered its first new case in almost a week. Three other local infections have also been reported elsewhere in the country.
AFP said the China National Health Commission had announced the death of seven other people, all in Wuhan.
Import cases confirmed on Tuesday were the highest since authorities began reporting in early March, and nearly double those reported on Monday March 23. While the virus has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide, the count of cases imported to China has soared to 427.
All international flights to Beijing are diverted to other cities where they will be screened for the virus. There are now more than 81,000 cases in China and the death toll has reached 3,277.