Customs officers ask and record information of inbound passengers at the Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Among the two newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Beijing, one is from Spain and the other is from Britain.  

BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Beijing reported two new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from overseas on Friday, bringing the total number of imported cases in the national capital to 169, a local health official said Saturday.

The two cases are from Spain and Britain, said Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the municipal disease control and prevention center.

The one from Spain, a female, is a close contact of a confirmed case during a flight from Spain to Beijing on March 20. They arrived in Beijing on March 21, and the man sitting next to her during the flight was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection with symptoms, including fever. The woman was confirmed to have been infected on Friday.

The one from Britain is a student studying in the United States. She traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium and Britain before he flew to Beijing on March 19 via Ethiopia. The student tested positive Wednesday and was diagnosed Friday based on additional computerized tomography (CT) scan results, blood tests and her overseas contact history.

No new locally transmitted cases were reported in Beijing Friday.

The municipality had reported a total of 416 confirmed local cases as of Friday, among which 400 had been discharged from hospital after recovery.  ■

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