Mainland China reports 19 new coronavirus cases, 4 new deaths

Of the new cases, 18 involved travellers arriving from abroad.
Of the new cases, 18 involved travellers arriving from abroad.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Mainland China reported on Saturday (April 4) 19 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, down from 31 a day earlier, including one new infection in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak in the country.

Of the new cases, 18 involved travellers arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

The new infections bring the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 81,639 as of Friday.

China also reported four new deaths, raising the death toll to 3,326 as of Friday.

China declared Saturday a day of mourning for the thousands of "martyrs" who died in the coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.

The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qing Ming tomb sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors.