A China The last week of 2021 ended with the highest number of Govt-19 cases in any seven days since the first outbreak almost two years ago.
The National Institutes of Health this Saturday (1) brought the number of local symptom cases in China’s mainland to 1,151, with 175 new infections confirmed in the community with confirmed clinical signs as of December 31st. The increase in cases was mainly driven by the eruption at the Industrial and Technology Center in northwest Xian.
Although the number of cases dropped dramatically earlier this year, China has retained some of the world’s toughest anti-epidemic measures.
The severity of the outbreak in Xian, a city of 13 million people, will support the authorities’ determination to step up their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus when lawsuits arise. Since December 9, 1,451 local cases have been registered, the highest number by 2021 in any Chinese city.
Xian has been locked up for the first 10 days on Saturday.
It is important to prevent major explosions in 2022, the year that Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics and the five-year Communist Party Congress, where President Xi Jinping could serve as party secretary for the third time.
The emergence of the Omigran variant prompts many countries to suspend plans to retreat or reopen, and prompts Beijing to maintain its high level of awareness against the virus. China has reported a handful of imported Omigran cases and at least one domestic case.
Since August, according to the National Health Commission, the country aims to contain any outbreak in less than two weeks, rather than four to six weeks in previous wars against widespread outbreaks following the initial national outbreak.
Yunnan province, which shares an international border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, recorded 92 or 25% of its 365 days last year, more new local symptom cases than other provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities.
Shanxi Province, its capital Xian, reported new local symptom cases within 30 days.
The Xian eruption has not yet seen a significant decline in cases. Authorities said the virus had quietly spread through the city before strict restrictions were imposed.
The blast led to lawsuits in other cities, including Beijing, which may have been rediscovered on a flight from Pakistan, but it is not clear how the virus spread to local communities.
Many have been barred from leaving their homes, but barriers will be eased in low-risk areas in a timely manner, a city government official said Friday.
Lee Jiaxin, a 23-year-old graduate student, said no one could leave his university campus. She spent the New Year celebration with her three roommates and could not meet her boyfriend and family.
“I can be considered a person with a strong sense of ritual, so I feel a little more sad that we are not together now,” he said.
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