HONG KONG, (Xinhua) -- The number of A/H1N1 flu cases continued to rise in Asia-Pacific region yesterday, with new confirmed reports coming from China, China's Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.
China's Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed two new cases of A/ H1N1 influenza on the mainland, bringing the mainland's total number of confirmed A/H1N1 cases to 11.
In the eastern Zhejiang Province, a 19-year-old man, who studied at St. John's University in New York, became one of the new cases after returning to his hometown Wenzhou on Friday.
The other case was a Chinese national who works for an Australian company in Shanghai. He traveled from Melbourne to Shanghai on Saturday.
In Hong Kong, a four-year-old boy and his younger sister tested positive for the A/H1N1 virus yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city to nine, health authorities of the HKSAR told a press briefing yesterday.
The two children, who returned to Hong Kong from the US city of New York on Sunday aboard Cathy Pacific flight CX 841, were taken to a private hospital yesterday after developing symptoms including sore throat and runny nose, said Thomas Tsang, controller of the Center for Health Protection.
They were later sent to Queen Mary Hospital, Tsand said, adding that their conditions are now stable.
On the same day, South Korea's health authorities reported an additional confirmed case of Influenza A/H1N1, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22.
A 24-year-old US citizen, who came to the country as an English teacher at a private language institute, was tested for the infection along with 14 other people who were confirmed positive for the virus over the weekend, the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs said.
"Because the male teacher had shared the same house with a co- worker who had already been diagnosed as having contracted the flu, he has been isolated since Saturday as a precautionary measure," the ministry was quoted as saying.
However in Japan, where more than 300 cases were reported in last week, schools in flu-stricken Osaka and Hyogo prefectures resumed classes yesterday following a one-week closure.
The move came after Japan relaxed its restrictions on measures against the A/H1N1 flu virus, notably those of allowing local authorities to decide whether to close or reopen schools as well as dropping onboard checks of passengers on flights from North America to Japan and lifting its suspension of visa waivers for Mexicans wishing to enter Japan.
Certain schools, including Kobe High School and Hyogo High School, where Japan's first cases of the new flu infections were discovered, have yet to reopen.
With more confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu reported in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, Japan's tally of the new flu patients amounted to 344 yesterday.