Chinese COVID-19 Cases Double in Growing Oubreak

The National Health Commission of China announced 5,280 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, more than double the number reported on Monday and the highest daily count since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

The commission said that the northeastern province of Jilin, the worst-hit area, accounted for more than 3,000 cases.

Authorities banned more than 14 million people living in Jilin from leaving the province or traveling between its cities. 

According to reports, residents of the provincial capital Changchun have also been locked down since Friday as authorities conduct repeated rounds of mass testing.

Authorities have flown in more than 1,000 medical workers from other provinces, with pandemic response supplies and military reservists. 

Meanwhile, researchers at China’s Lanzhou University have said they are confident China would bring the latest outbreak under control in early April.

The southern city of Shenzhen, with 17 million people, has also been on lockdown while neighboring Hong Kong is still struggling to contain an increasingly deadly surge in coronavirus cases.

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