The National Health Commission of China announced this Monday eleven new deaths from covid-19 and the detection of 415 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus the day before, 401 of them due to local contagion.
All the deaths were recorded in Shanghai, which has become the epicenter of outbreaks in the Asian country for a month and whose 26 million inhabitants have been in strict confinement for a month.
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The provinces with the highest number of community transmission cases were Shanghai (east, 322), Beijing (33), Guangzhou (southeast, 28), and Henan (center, 14).
China, which applies a severe policy of “zero tolerance” to the new coronavirusis going through a wave of outbreaks attributed to the omicron variant that is causing record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020.
Health authorities also reported today the detection of 3,918 asymptomatic cases, 3,859 of them local (the majority in Shanghai), although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.
The remaining 14 infections, found among travelers from abroad, were detected in various regions of the country.
The National Health Commission also detailed that, until last local midnight (4:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday), 849 patients were discharged after successfully passing the covid.
The total number of active infected in the China continental amounts to 8,736, 529 of them in serious condition.
According to the institution’s accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 220,040 people have been infected and 5,185 have died in the country.
To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 3.6 million close contacts with those infected, of which 401,851 are still under observation.