Seventeen new COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Saturday (June 27)—14 local transmissions, all in Beijing, and three from overseas.
From June 11 to 27, Beijing has reported 311 confirmed locally transmitted cases.
"With the arrival of summer, there will be more mosquitoes and flies," said Wang Liping, researcher from Beijing's center for disease control and prevention, at a press conference yesterday. "However, there is no evidence so far that the coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes and flies."
But, they are able to transmit other diseases like malaria and dengue fever, warned the expert. She suggested that people take preventative measures against mosquito bites in summer, and also protect food from flies.
Unreasonable restrictions to be called off
Residents wait in line to receive test at a nucleic acid testing site in Shoupakou South Street of Xicheng district, Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
China on June 25 released a circular, urging all localities to rectify any unreasonable restrictions imposed in addition to regular prevention and control measures.
However, the circular, issued by the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism, still requires a reduction in the unnecessary movement of people in medium－and high-risk areas, as well as the avoidance of gatherings.
People in low-risk areas are allowed to travel freely with a green health code, a normal body temperature and proper personal protection, the circular said, adding that people from low-risk areas should avoid visiting medium－and high-risk areas if not necessary.
EU poised to bar US travelers
People queue to enter a shop in Berlin, capital of Germany, on June 27, 2020. The contact restrictions in Berlin were lifted Saturday while the distance and hygiene rules continue to apply. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)
Confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 9.8 million globally with over 490,000 fatalities, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned the number of COVID-19 cases around the world is set to reach 10 million "within next week."
The European Union (EU) plans to bar travelers from the U.S. and some other countries where the COVID-19 outbreak has not been effectively controlled as the bloc will reopen in July, U.S . media reported on June 26.
The number of new coronavirus cases reported in the U.S. in a single day hit a new high on June 26, reaching 45,300. The actual number of people in the U.S. infected with COVID-19 could be over 20 million, nearly 10 times higher than what has been recorded, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sources: Xinhua, China Daily, CGTN