China’s daily cases of symptomatic COVID more than tripled
China’s daily cases of symptomatic COVID more than tripled

China’s daily cases of symptomatic COVID more than tripled

Residents stand outside a nucleic acid test site in a hospital following cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Shanghai, China March 11, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

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BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) – On Sunday, mainland China reported 1,807 new local symptomatic COVID-19 cases, the highest daily rate in two years and more than tripled the case volume from the previous day as rising infections in a northeastern province squeeze health resources .

The number of domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms reported for Saturday rose from 476 the day before, data from the National Health Commission showed Sunday. The daily number included 114 people who were initially classified as asymptomatic, who later developed symptoms.

China’s case numbers are far lower than in many other countries, but the growing number could complicate Beijing’s “dynamic clearance” ambition to suppress infection as quickly as possible.

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The rise prompted health authorities to allow the public to buy fast self-test kits for the first time to help detect infections quickly, as some experts said China’s earlier strategy based on nucleic acid testing – which requires doctors to take samples – had become more difficult with it. quickly spread Omicron variant. Read more

The northeastern province of Jilin reported 1,412 new local symptomatic cases on Saturday, accounting for 78% of the total national number and up from 134 a day earlier.

The increase “showed that some local areas facing a rapid increase in the epidemic 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. for a news briefing.

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 city’s highest since China contained the first eruption in early 2020.

Shenzhen will suspend public transportation including buses and subways from Monday, and residents have been asked not to leave the city unless necessary, as the city is conducting three rounds of mass testing, authorities said in a statement.

All nine districts in Shenzhen have stopped dining at restaurants, closed indoor eateries and demanded that companies have employees to work from home Monday through Friday, if remote work 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.

The China Development Forum, a high-level business meeting in Beijing originally scheduled for March 19-22, will be postponed indefinitely due to the COVID situation, the organizer said in a statement.

The number of new locally transmitted asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 1,315 on Saturday from 1,048 a day earlier, the fourth consecutive day of increases, NHC data showed.

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636. Pr. By March 12, mainland China had reported 115,466 cases of confirmed symptoms, including both local and those arriving outside the mainland.

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Reporting by Kevin Yao and Roxanne Liu; Edited by William Mallard, Gerry Doyle and Susan Fenton

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