China has recorded 108 new coronavirus cases, its highest tally in more than five weeks, leading to fears of a second wave of the disease in the country.
The new cases reported on Sunday were up from 99 recorded a day earlier, making it the the highest since March 5. But more than 90 per cent of the new infected cases were imported into the country from abroad, following the end of travel restrictions.
On March 5, the cases shot up by 143 but have been dwindling ever since, reaching a record low of 11 new cases on March 13.
The country’s northeastern border with Russia is fast becoming access point for the pandemic.
Daily Mail reports China closed all entry and exit points on its 2,670 mile border with Russia after cases began creeping up in the nearby city of Suifenhe. However only Chinese nationals who are crossing into the Heilongjiang province are allowed into the country.
The route became one of the few options available for people trying to return home after Russia stopped flights to China except for those evacuating.
The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China now stands at 82,160 as of Sunday and 3,341 people have died.
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