Xi’an records highest daily Covid-19 count for Chinese city since Wuhan
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Xi’an in northwest China recorded 175 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Monday – the highest daily number of infections in a Chinese city since March 2020.
Xi’an has now recorded 810 locally transmitted cases since the start of its cluster on December 9, one of the worst localized epidemics in China since Wuhan became the epicenter of the pandemic in 2019.
Xi’an, home to 13 million people, entered strict containment on December 23, shutting down public places and transportation except for essential services like supermarkets and hospitals.
He further tightened Covid control measures on Monday as local infections increased, forcing all residents to stay home unless they were allowed to leave for mass testing.
Soldiers sent to help: State People’s Daily newspaper said that 150 military medics from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force were sent to Xi’an on Monday to help with local hospitals, some with experience in the fight against the first Covid-19 epidemic in Wuhan.
An official says the outbreak is under control: While cases are expected to increase in the coming days, Xi’an’s outbreak is under control, according to Wei Xiaoli of the city’s CDC. He told a press conference on Monday that residents “don’t need to worry too much about the rapid increase in cases,” which have been uncovered by mass testing programs in the city.
According to the National Health Commission, China reported 182 locally transmitted symptomatic cases on Monday, including 180 in northwestern Shaanxi province, of which Xi’an is the capital.
One case each has been found in southeastern Zhejiang province and southwestern Yunnan province.
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