As the West’s fight against COVID-19 heats up, China, the pandemic’s original epicenter, reported no local cases of coronavirus over the last 24 hours, health authorities said on Wednesday. 

In its daily briefing on coronavirus, the Chinese National Health Commission said the country reported a total of 47 new infections, all of them recent arrivals from abroad.

It also reported four new deaths, three in the hardest-hit Hubei province, briging the total number of fatalities on the mainland to 3,281.

Some 491 patients were released from hospital after treatment, and 1,215 people who had had close contact with infected

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