New Omicron Subvariant Found in Shanghai

Shanghai health officials confirmed on Sunday its first case of the more contagious subvariant Omicron BA.5 amid China’s “zero-COVID” policy. 

Shanghai health commission vice-director Zhao Dandan said the case, found in the financial district of Pudong on July 8, was linked to an overseas case. 

“Our city has recently continued to report more locally transmitted positive cases (of COVID-19), and the risk of the epidemic spreading through society remains very high,” Zhao also warned. 

According to Zhao, residents in several Shanghai districts would undergo two rounds of COVID tests, from July 12-14, to curb new outbreaks. 

On Sunday, health officials reported 69 new infections, the most since late May.  

Meanwhile, Shandong province reported 80 local cases, Beijing recorded one infection, and nationwide, China reported 352 cases on Sunday. 

President Xi Jinping has said his government would rather tolerate the economic impact temporarily than see the scale of death and illness other countries have experienced during the pandemic. 

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