China reported 78 new cases of the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday, with the vast majority brought in from overseas as fears rise of a second wave of infections.
Wuhan, the epicentre where the virus emerged last year recorded its first new case in nearly a week. Three other local infections were also reported elsewhere in the country.
National Health Commission of China said seven more people died, all in Wuhan according to report from AFP
The imported cases confirmed on Tuesday were the highest since officials started reporting the data at the beginning of March, and nearly double those reported Monday March 23. While the virus has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide, the tally of imported cases in China has soared to 427.
All Beijing-bound international flights are being diverted to other cities where they will be screened for the virus. There have now been over 81,000 cases in China, and the death toll has reached 3,277.