Source: Global Times


China reported 19 new imported COVID-19 infections and 38 domestic cases on Saturday, heath authorities said Sunday. The new cases marked a sharp spike that sparked widespread concerns after the country had generally brought the contagion under control, with just a few sporadic cases. 

Among the 19 imported cases, 17 were reported in South China's Guangdong Province, with 14 from  and three from India. Four asymptomatic cases were also reported, all in Guangdong with three from Bangladesh and one from Egypt, according to data from the Chinese National Health Commission. 

The 14 patients and three silent carriers from Bangladesh all arrived in Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines flight CZ392 from Dhaka to Guangzhou on Thursday, which prompted the Chinese aviation regulator to suspend the route for four weeks from June 22 in accordance with the latest policy. 

On June 4, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a policy easing restrictions on international flights. The policy came with a circuit-breaker mechanism that stated if all passengers on one airline test negative for three consecutive weeks, the airline will be permitted to add one more flight. If five passengers on a flight test positive, the responsible airline will have to halt operations for a week, and if 10 test positive, it will have to suspend operations for four weeks. 

The suspension of the China Southern Airlines flight was the first to receive the notice since the new policy came into effect. 

The 38 domestic infections - 36 in Beijing and two in Northeast China's Liaoning Province - were all traced back to a market in southern Beijing. Large-scale testing is being carried out in the relevant districts and communities to screen out potential infections. 



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China suspends flights from Bangladesh

Source: Global Times


China reported 19 new imported COVID-19 infections and 38 domestic cases on Saturday, heath authorities said Sunday. The new cases marked a sharp spike that sparked widespread concerns after the country had generally brought the contagion under control, with just a few sporadic cases. 

Among the 19 imported cases, 17 were reported in South China's Guangdong Province, with 14 from  and three from India. Four asymptomatic cases were also reported, all in Guangdong with three from Bangladesh and one from Egypt, according to data from the Chinese National Health Commission. 

The 14 patients and three silent carriers from Bangladesh all arrived in Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines flight CZ392 from Dhaka to Guangzhou on Thursday, which prompted the Chinese aviation regulator to suspend the route for four weeks from June 22 in accordance with the latest policy. 

On June 4, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a policy easing restrictions on international flights. The policy came with a circuit-breaker mechanism that stated if all passengers on one airline test negative for three consecutive weeks, the airline will be permitted to add one more flight. If five passengers on a flight test positive, the responsible airline will have to halt operations for a week, and if 10 test positive, it will have to suspend operations for four weeks. 

The suspension of the China Southern Airlines flight was the first to receive the notice since the new policy came into effect. 

The 38 domestic infections - 36 in Beijing and two in Northeast China's Liaoning Province - were all traced back to a market in southern Beijing. Large-scale testing is being carried out in the relevant districts and communities to screen out potential infections. 



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