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Infection Count: China Started Reporting Count of Asymptomatic Virus Carriers

After Li Keqiang instructed on March 30 that the asymptomatic carriers (those carriers who show no symptoms) be monitored and inspected, China’s State Council announced that it will publish the number of asymptomatic carriers daily.

The National Health Commission reported that, by March 30, there were 1,541 asymptomatic carriers under medical observation in China. The total number of infection cases under treatment was 2,161.

As of 10:49 a.m. on April 3, 2020, the officially released asymptomatic carriers count on QQ’s website was 1,027.

Earlier, the South China Morning Post reported that there were more than 43,000 people in China who had tested positive for the coronavirus by the end of February but who had no immediate symptoms. They were placed in quarantine and monitored but were not included in the official tally of confirmed cases, which stood at about 80,000 at the time.

Oriental Daily also reported that Zhang Wenhong, the head of Shanghai Pneumonia Medical Treatment Expert Group, said that among the over 100 imported infection cases in Shanghai, there were more and more asymptomatic carriers. The coronavirus can survive in human bodies for more than three weeks and can present a great spreading risk.

Related postings on Chinascope:

1. Excerpt in Chinese:


Source: Deutsche Welle, March 31, 2020卫健委中国至少有1541名无症状感染者/a-52969923

2. Source: South China Morning Post, March 22, 2020

3. Excerpt in Chinese:



Source: Oriental Daily, March 29, 2020