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China reports the most Covid cases in 4 months

China reported the largest number of new coronavirus cases in four months yesterday as authorities were rushing to contain the outbreak in several areas, including Xi’An, where millions were still blocked. did.
China, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019, is on the alert for new infections as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February in the capital Beijing.
According to a statement from the National Health Commission, 87 of the 140 new infections were locally transmitted, compared to 55 one day ago.
Mostly located in Xi’An, northwestern Shaanxi, 13 million inhabitants have been blocked since Thursday.
According to the local health department yesterday, on Christmas Eve the city reported the highest number of days in a year with 75 domestic cases.
China has minimized cases thanks to its zero-covid strategy of strict border restrictions, long-term quarantine, and targeted blockade, but cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks.
Video from the state broadcaster CCTV yesterday showed a long line outside the Xian test center as authorities were in a hurry to counteract the latest relapse. Under strict blockade rules, since Thursday, all households in Xi’An have only been allowed to send one member out every two days to purchase essentials.
Xi’An has recorded 330 locally infectious and symptomatic cases since the first case was reported on 9 December 2021, a minority compared to outbreaks elsewhere in the world.
However, Chinese disciplinary action said on Friday that about 26 Xian government officials were punished for failing to prevent the virus.
Local governments deemed to have failed to control the virus in their area are regularly dismissed or disciplined under Beijing’s rigorous zero-covid approach.
According to state media, the Xian incident has so far spread to five other cities, including Beijing, raising concerns about how rapidly the virus spreads geographically across a vast country.
China has reported 100,871 symptomatic cases and less than 5,000 deaths since the virus first appeared in Wuhan in late 2019.



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