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Work team dispatched to guide Guangdong’s virus response

Medical workers from Nanfang Hospital collect samples for nucleic acid tests in Liwan district of Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, May 27, 2021. (DENG HUA / XINHUA)

BEIJING/TAIPEI/GUANGZHOU – The State Council inter-departmental task force for COVID-19 response has dispatched a work team to south China's Guangdong province to guide the region's efforts in curbing a local COVID-19 breakout, a spokesperson said on Monday.

In May, 50 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases have been reported in multiple provinces, said Mi Feng, spokesperson for the National Health Commission. 

The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 20 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Guangdong, the commission said earlier in its daily report.

Sixteen of the new cases were previously asymptomatic cases, the provincial health commission of Guangdong said.

Eighteen of the confirmed cases were reported in the provincial capital city of Guangzhou and the other two in the city of Foshan.

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By Sunday, the mainland had reported a total of 91,099 confirmed cases, 86,135 recoveries and 4,636 deaths

Meanwhile, the mainland on Sunday also saw seven new imported cases, the National Health Commission said. Of them, three were reported in Guangdong, two in Shanghai and one each in Fujian and Henan.

No new suspected cases or deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, the commission said.

There were 328 patients still receiving treatment, six of whom were in severe condition, it said.

By Sunday, the mainland had reported a total of 91,099 confirmed cases, 86,135 recoveries and 4,636 deaths. A total of 6,051 imported cases had been reported with no deaths.

There were two suspected COVID-19 cases left on the mainland.

Also on Sunday, 19 new asymptomatic cases were reported, 16 of which arrived from outside the mainland. There were a total of 400 asymptomatic cases, of whom 366 were imported, under medical observation.

Over 639 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across the mainland as of Sunday, Mi said.

On average, 12.47 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across mainland each day in May, said Mi, adding that the figure is 2.58 times that of April.

Mi also noted that China has provided 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world.

Taiwan on Sunday reported 266 new local COVID-19 infections and 89 backlogged local cases, the 15th consecutive day that the number of new local infection on the island exceeded 200

Taiwan sees 355 local cases, 11 deaths

Taiwan on Sunday reported 266 new local COVID-19 infections, 89 backlogged local cases and 11 additional deaths, the local disease monitoring agency said.

It is the 15th consecutive day that the number of new local infections on the island exceeded 200.

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The newly reported fatalities were logged between May 24 and Saturday.

So far, the total number of confirmed cases on the island has reached 8,160, of which 6,974 were local cases. A total of 110 deaths have also been reported, the agency said.

HK, Macao SARs tallies

By the end of Sunday, 11,837 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 210 deaths, had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), while 51 cases had been reported in the Macao SAR.

A total of 11,572 COVID-19 patients in the Hong Kong SAR had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, while 49 had been discharged in the Macao SAR.