Chinese officials on Sunday reported 1,807 new symptomatic COVID cases – more than tripling the number reported the day before and the country’s highest number in two years.
The northeastern province of Jilin accounted for 78 percent of the national total, China’s National Health Commission said. The nationwide total easily topped Saturday’s count, which was already a record for cases since the country’s first outbreak in early 2020 – sparks a new round of lockdowns.
“[The increase] showed that some local areas facing a rapid increase in epidemics lacked the capacity to expand medical resources, resulting in limited hospitalization of infections to centralized facilities within a short period of time, a Jilin province official said in a news briefing Sunday.
Beijing has ordered its localities to adhere to the “dynamic clearing” policy to keep the number of virus cases close to zero, prompting several localities to take action such as canceling group events, launching mass testing rounds and canceling personal classes at school. .
Authorities in Changchun, the provincial capital already locked up, have carried out mass tests and are working to transform an exhibition center into a temporary hospital with 1,500 beds, according to local official and state media.
The southern technology hub in Shenzhen reported 60 new local cases with confirmed symptoms for Saturday, the highest daily increase in such cases for the city since China contained the first outbreak in early 2020.
All nine districts in Shenzhen have stopped indoor dining, closed a barrage of indoor eateries and demanded that companies have employees to work from home from 14-18. March, if telework is possible, with exceptions for those in essential sectors.
Six officials with local authorities or Communist Party authorities in the southern city of Dongguan have been removed from their roles for doing a poor job of COVID prevention and control, state media said Sunday.
China’s current number of cases is far fewer than in many other countries, but the growing number may complicate its hopes of suppressing the spread as soon as possible.
The country, where COVID originatedadjusts its test regimen in response to proliferation of the Omicron variantafter for the past two years demanding that medical workers swab members of the public using nucleic acid tests that require laboratories to process samples.
Health authorities said they would allow the public to purchase such kits in stores and online for the first time, and on Saturday they approved five COVID-19 antigen sets made by local businesses to be used for self-testing.
“To deal with how Omicron spreads, we need to promote a model for antigen screening and nucleic acid testing that allows the public to purchase tests themselves, which is conducive to early detection,” China’s Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chunlan was quoted as saying by the state. told the television station CCTV at a government meeting on Saturday.
With Post wires