The Chinese National Health Commission reported Monday that it detected 17 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on Sunday , five of them in Hubei province, the birthplace of the outbreak. According to the provincial health authorities, these are asymptomatic infected people located in Wuhan , the capital of Hubei, who have begun to show symptoms of the resulting COVID-19 disease .

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The central eastern province of Hubei had registered a case of local contagion on the eve, after having chained 35 consecutive days without detecting new infections.

Of the ten local infections nationwide diagnosed in the last 24 hours, including the five in Hubei, three correspond to the northeast Jilin province (where a new outbreak has been identified with around twenty infected in the last five days ), and the remaining two to neighboring Liaoning and Heilongjiang, with one in each.

As for the cases of travelers from abroad, the so-called imported cases, accounted for 7 of the 17 total, and were diagnosed in the northern province of Inner Mongolia.

Likewise, the Chinese health authorities indicated that, until last local midnight (16:00 GMT Sunday), 24 patients were discharged and another 4 were successfully removed from the situation, leaving the number of active infected in China at 141, nine of which are in serious condition.

It is the first time since January that the number of seriously ill patients falls below ten.

The official body did not report any deaths in its latest report, so the total number of deaths from COVID-19 remains at 4,633, among the 82,918 infected patients officially diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic, and the that 78,144 successfully overcome the disease and were discharged.

To date, 737,127 close contacts with the infected have been medically followed up, of which 5,501 are still under observation, and of these three would be suspected cases of having infected the virus.

As for the asymptomatic infected , China registered 12 new cases in the latter part, bringing the total number of asymptomatic patients under observation to 780.