China: China on Monday recorded 61 new cases of the coronavirus – the highest daily figure since April – propelled by clusters in three separate regions that have raised fears of a new wave.
According to the National Health Commission, the bulk of the 57 new domestic cases were found in far northwest Xinjiang, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July.
Fourteen domestic cases have also been recorded in northeastern Liaoning Province, where a new cluster broke out in Dalian City last week.
Two other local cases were found in neighboring Jilin province, near the North Korean border – the first since late May.
The last four infections confirmed on Monday were imported from overseas.
This is the highest daily tally of new virus cases since April 14, when 89 cases, mostly imported, were recorded.
Chinese authorities have deployed mass tests for hundreds of thousands of people in the port city of Dalian.
A second wave of mass testing was also launched in Urumqi, Xinjiang on Sunday to detect residents who had previously tested false negatives, the Global Times reported, following an early mass testing effort. of the month.
More than 2.3 million people in the city of 3.5 million have been tested so far, according to a local press conference on Friday.
The outbreaks come as the Chinese Super League soccer tournament kicked off its much-delayed season on Saturday.
Residential communities in Dalian and Urumqi have been placed under lockdown, with authorities declaring a “mode of war” to fight the virus.
Experts have yet to confirm the origin of the recent Xinjiang cluster, which has infected 178 people to date.
The new infections in Jilin were announced just days after President Xi Jinping concluded an inspection tour of the province last week.
The region announced four new asymptomatic cases on Sunday, after screening travelers returning from Dalian.
Another 302 asymptomatic cases in China are under medical observation, health officials said on Monday, and there are currently 331 people with COVID-19 across the country, 21 in serious condition.
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