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China’s COVID-19 outbreak “growing rapidly”, health officials say

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China’s COVID-19 outbreak “growing rapidly”, health officials say

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Local residents line up to receive booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on October 30, 2021 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Li He / VCG via Getty Images)

  • China has recorded 72 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a jump of 70%.

  • The epidemic is centered in the northeast of the country.

  • Health experts say the epidemic is “growing rapidly” with the virus “severe”.

China’s latest COVID-19 outbreak “is growing rapidly,” a health official warned, according to Reuters.

The country recorded 377 cases of COVID-19 between October 17 and 29, according to data from the National Health Commission (NHC).

At the time of writing, China has reported 72 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization, which represents a 70% increase in virus diagnosis.

This epidemic is concentrated in the northeast of the country, caused by a carrier of the virus from abroad, the NHC said last week.

Heihe, a city of 1.3 million people, reported 26 local cases on October 29, up from nine on October 28 and one on October 27.

“In the past 14 days, 14 provincial regions have reported new locally transmitted cases or asymptomatic carriers,” NHC spokesman Mi Feng said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

“The epidemic is still developing rapidly and the situation of controlling the virus is serious and complicated,” he continued.

Wu Liangyou, another NHC official, added that the outbreak described a “lax mind” among local authorities, urging increased testing for the virus.

While important steps are being taken including the cancellation of the Beijing Marathon, the numbers are still relatively low compared to other countries.

On October 24, the NHC warned of the continued spread of the virus across the country.

Mi Feng warned of “seasonal factors” worsening the spread of the virus, Reuters reported.

Although the outbreak is overshadowed by the number of cases in other countries, Beijing would not want a peak in COVID-19 to jeopardize the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Chinese athletes will need a vaccine booster, while foreign athletes are recommended for a booster, but it is not mandatory, according to a state television report, Reuters said.

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