China's local COVID-19 cases edge higher as Xi'an enters 5th day of lockdown

BEIJING: China's local symptomatic coronavirus cases crept up again, with most new infections reported in the northwestern city of Xi'an as it entered a fifth day of a lockdown.Xi'an's case load - 150 local symptomatic cases on Sunday (Dec 26) versus 155 a day earlier - remains tiny compared with many clusters overseas, but it has imposed tough curbs on travel inside and out of town, underpinning Beijing's drive to contain flare-ups as soon as possible. The latest outbreak has led to 635 local confirmed cases in Xi'an, a city of 13 million people, during the Dec 9 to Dec 26 period, with no Omicron variant infections yet reported. Across China, a total of 162 domestically transmitted COVID-19 infections with confirmed symptoms were reported for Sunday, up from 158 a day earlier, according to official data on Monday. No deaths were reported for Sunday. The new case number marks the highest count of local symptomatic infections since the daily bulletin provided by the National Health Commission started to classify asymptomatic carriers separately from end-March 2020. China had 101,277 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic as of end Dec 26, including domestically transmitted ones as well as those found among international travellers. The death toll remained at 4,636.

China's local COVID-19 cases edge higher as Xi'an enters 5th day of lockdown

BEIJING: China's local symptomatic coronavirus cases crept up again, with most new infections reported in the northwestern city of Xi'an as it entered a fifth day of a lockdown.

Xi'an's case load - 150 local symptomatic cases on Sunday (Dec 26) versus 155 a day earlier - remains tiny compared with many clusters overseas, but it has imposed tough curbs on travel inside and out of town, underpinning Beijing's drive to contain flare-ups as soon as possible.

The latest outbreak has led to 635 local confirmed cases in Xi'an, a city of 13 million people, during the Dec 9 to Dec 26 period, with no Omicron variant infections yet reported.

Across China, a total of 162 domestically transmitted COVID-19 infections with confirmed symptoms were reported for Sunday, up from 158 a day earlier, according to official data on Monday. No deaths were reported for Sunday.

The new case number marks the highest count of local symptomatic infections since the daily bulletin provided by the National Health Commission started to classify asymptomatic carriers separately from end-March 2020.

China had 101,277 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic as of end Dec 26, including domestically transmitted ones as well as those found among international travellers. The death toll remained at 4,636.