China records highest new-case count in three months

China records highest new-case count in three months


Beijing: China reported 101 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day number in three months, as stadiums, bars and museums were closed due to infection hot spots.

Of the new cases, 98 were household infections, mainly in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. The growing clusters first detected in the region earlier this month prompted large-scale testing and restrictions.

China, where the global outbreak broke out for the first time, has largely controlled domestic transmissions through targeted lockdowns, travel restrictions and tests. But sporadic regional outbreaks illustrate the difficulty of stopping the spread of the virus.

The last time it recorded so many new cases was on April 13, when 108 infections were confirmed, most of which were imported infections.

Authorities focused their attention on a cluster that emerged last week in a food processing plant in Dalian, Liaoning Province. Officials said that workers there disposed of contaminated imported seafood packaging.

In the past week, 52 cases were confirmed in major port cities, in which 30 factory employees participated.

Dalian has tested more than 3 million people, and Zhao Lian, the head of the city’s health committee, said closed public places-including libraries, gyms, bars, museums, restaurants and spas-will be closed.

The state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday that during an inspection this week, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan urged local authorities to strengthen supervision of imported goods and all personnel leaving Dalian.

“The task of prevention and control is still arduous, and there should be no slacking,” Sun was quoted as saying.

Following the outbreak in Beijing in June that infected more than 300 people, the Dalian authorities are adopting similar targeted methods to implement virus control measures in different areas of the city based on the degree of risk.

In China, a total of 84,060 people have been infected with the coronavirus, of which 482 are still hospitalized. According to official statistics, there have been 4,634 deaths related to it.

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