March 6, 2020 / 4:17 PM / a month ago

Chinese province reports 17 new coronavirus infections imported from Iran

FILE PHOTO: People wear face masks and plastic raincoats as a protection from coronavirus near the Shanghai railway station as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - The northwestern Chinese province of Gansu has confirmed 17 new coronavirus cases imported from Iran, bringing the total imported cases to 28, the province’s health authorities said late on Friday.

The 17 new patients were among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou on commercial flights from Iran between March 2 and March 5, the Gansu Health Commission said in a statement on its website.

Before the new cases, Gansu had reported 11 imported infections from Iran. A total of 283 passengers arriving from Iran are currently under quarantine, it said.

Last month, Gansu became the first province to lower its emergency response measures from level I to level III, reflecting the lack of new infections.

Reporting by Min Zhang and Meg Shen; Writing by Yawen Chen; Editing by Alison Williams

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