The curious numbers of China: reported the first death by COVID-19 in more than six months

Police officers in protective suits at the airport in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, bordering Russia, after the spread of the new coronavirus spread in the country (Reuters)

China reported the largest increase in cases of COVID-19 in more than 10 months, with infections in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang practically tripling your data, underscoring the growing threat on the eve of a major national holiday in which hundreds of thousands of people usually travel.

More intense containment measures, such as closures, travel restrictions and mass testing, have helped China reduce cases to a fraction of what it experienced at the height of the pandemic in early 2020, according to the curious data handled by the regime led by Xi Jinping. But the country has not yet been able to completely eradicate the disease, which has already killed nearly 2 million people worldwide, even as vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement that 138 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on January 13, a figure higher than the 115 cases of the previous day and marking the biggest jump since March 5. China also reported a new death, the first increase in the death toll since mid-May..

This outbreak, which is concentrated in the northeast, and which is now experiencing its worst wave to date, coincides with the arrival of the team of experts led by the World Health Organization (OMS) a Wuhan, where the disease first emerged in late 2019. The team will spend about a month, including two weeks in quarantine, to carry out its investigation into the origins of the pandemic.. Two of its members were prohibited from entering.

In Hebei 81 out of 124 local infections were recorded, while in Heilongjiang 43 such cases were registered one day after the state of emergency was declared. More than 28 million people are already in quarantine while the two provinces try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The exact origin of this new outbreak has not been determined.

A worker at the city's Center for Disease Control and Prevention draws blood from a man to test for antibodies against the new coronavirus in Suifenhe, a city bordering Russia in China's Heilongjiang province (Reuters)
A worker at the city’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention draws blood from a man to test for antibodies against the new coronavirus in Suifenhe, a city bordering Russia in China’s Heilongjiang province (Reuters)

The new wave of infections comes before the holidays Lunar new year next month, when millions of people usually travel to their cities of origin. The resurgence of the COVID-19 It has already led some provinces to advise against travel, which could lead to a reduction in travel and less consumption during this long hiatus.

On Thursday, the health authority of Heilongjiang encouraged 37.5 million residents to spend the next vacation of the Lunar new year in the province and to refrain from making unnecessary trips. Unlike many of the outbreaks that occurred in the country in 2020, the areas hardest hit by the latest spike in infections have been the least populated counties and the most remote villages.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China not classified as confirmed cases, it rose from 38 the day before to 78. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China is now 87,844, while the number of deaths increased by one person to 4,635..

(With information from Reuters).


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