COVID-19 cases more than doubled in China’s growing outbreak
COVID-19 cases more than doubled in China’s growing outbreak

COVID-19 cases more than doubled in China’s growing outbreak

China has reported a more than doubling of new COVID-19 cases as it faces its clearly biggest outbreak since the early days of the pandemic

BEIJING – China’s new COVID-19 case on Tuesday has more than doubled from the day before, as the country faces its clearly biggest outbreak since the early days of the pandemic.

The National Health Commission said 3,507 new locally spread cases had been identified in the past 24-hour period, up from 1,337 a day earlier.

No new deaths have been reported in the many outbreaks in China, and the number of cases remains low compared to many other places in the world. The UK registered more than 444,000 cases in the past week. Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous city tracking its eruption separate from the mainland, reported 26,908 new cases on Monday alone.

Nearly three-quarters of China’s new infections were in Jilin, a northeastern province that reported 2,601 cases. Minor outbreaks have affected more than a dozen provinces and major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai.

Jilin has prevented residents from leaving the province and from traveling between cities in it. The 9 million inhabitants of Changchun, the provincial capital and a hub for car production, have been locked down since Friday as authorities carry out repeated rounds of mass tests both there and in the city of Jilin.

More than 1,000 medical workers have been flown in from other provinces along with pandemic response supplies, and the province has mobilized 7,000 military reservists to help with the response.

Elsewhere in China, Shandong Province had the most new cases with 106. Guangdong Province in the southeast, where the city and the major technology center in Shenzhen have been locked down since Sunday, reported 48 new cases. Shanghai had nine, and Beijing, six.

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