COUNTRIES believed to have turned the coronavirus tide were facing a second wave of infections last night.
China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore were preparing to ease restrictions as numbers of new cases slowed.
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But they were rowing back as new pockets of infection, involving sufferers returning from abroad, flared up.
China has reportedly had no new domestic cases but 34 new infections among those who recently returned home.
The national death toll in the country stands at 3,245 – according to the Communist regime.
Chinese leaders ordered massive lockdowns which left millions confined to their homes for up to six weeks in a state of mass quarantine.
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Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said the harsh measures had succeeded in stopping spread to other regions.
But he added: “The concern is what will happen after they end these measures.”
Elsewhere in the region, Singapore reported 47 new cases, of which 33 were imported.
Japan also reported three new cases on Wednesday as the worst-affected Hokkaido region, with 154 cases, eased its state of emergency for the first time since late February.
The reappearance of the bug came despite claims by Japanese officials that there had been “no surge of infected patients that led to the collapse of the medical environment”.
South Korea saw a jump of 152 new cases yesterday with many of those believed to have been imported, centering on a nursing home in Daegu, where 74 patients tested positive.