China records the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases

China records the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in three months as nearly 90 people test positive in Muslim-inhabited Xinjiang

  • China registered 101 new infections today, the highest daily figure since April
  • Eighty-nine cases were found in the region of Xinjiang where the Uighurs live
  • The growing outbreak has prompted mass-testing and quarantine measures
  • Fears have arisen for the millions detained in the Muslim ‘re-education camps’
  • Another outbreak found in a port city has spread to nine cities including Beijing

China reported 101 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, its highest single-day figure in three months, as a local COVID-19 outbreak ravages Muslim-inhabited Xinjiang.

The authorities registered a total of 98 domestic infections, among which 89 were found in Xinjiang, home to the country’s most Uighur ethnic minority.

The north-western Chinese region has launched mass testing and quarantine measures after discovering a growing coronavirus cluster earlier this month.

China reported 101 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, its highest single-day figure in three months, as a local COVID-19 outbreak ravages Muslim-inhabited Xinjiang. The picture shows a girl receiving a nucleic acid test for the coronavirus in the north-eastern Chinese city Dalian 

Urumqi, a city of 3.5million in China’s western Uighur region, recorded five new confirmed cases today after registering its first COVID-19 infection in five months on Thursday. The file picture taken on June 21 shows a group of Uighur women working at a garment factory in a resettlement area in Yecheng county of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Fears have arisen that a COVID-19 outbreak erupting China’s Xinjiang could infect millions of Uighur allegedly detained inside the region’s ‘re-education camps’. The file picture reportedly shows detainees in a Xinjiang re-education camp located in the far western Chinese region

It comes as fears have escalated that the health crisis could infect millions of Uighurs who are allegedly detained inside the region’s ‘re-education camps’. 

Xinjiang, where the Uighurs live, has been battling a fresh coronavirus crisis that has infected nearly 300 people, including a range of ethnic minorities, according to the country’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan. 

China – where the global outbreak first emerged – had largely brought domestic transmission under control through targeted lockdowns, travel restrictions and testing. But sporadic regional outbreaks have illustrated the difficulty of keeping the virus at bay.

The last time it recorded so many new cases was April 13, when 108 infections were confirmed – mostly imported.

Authorities have concentrated their attention on a cluster which emerged last week at a food processing plant in Dalian, in the northeastern province of Liaoning. Officials said workers there handled contaminated packaging of imported seafood.

Fifty-two cases have been confirmed in the major port city in the past week, of which 30 involved employees at the factory.

More than three million people have been tested in Dalian and Zhao Lian, head of the city’s health commission, said Wednesday that enclosed public venues — including libraries, gyms, bars, museums, restaurants and spas — would be closed.

During an inspection tour to the city this week, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan urged local authorities to increase oversight of imported goods, as well as of any people leaving Dalian, state news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday.

‘The task of prevention and control is still arduous, and there should be no slacking,’ Sun was quoted as saying.

Following a June outbreak in Beijing which infected more than 300 people, Dalian authorities are using a similar targeted approach to implement virus control measures on different districts of the city based on their risk levels.

In total, 84,060 people have been infected with coronavirus in China, of whom 482 remain hospitalised. There have been 4,634 related deaths, according to an official count.

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