China registers six deaths and 357 new coronavirus infections, 349 of them local

The National Health Commission of China reported this Tuesday six new deaths due to covid-19 and the detection of 357 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus the day before, 349 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, 234), Beijing (61), Henan (central, 25), and Guangzhou (southeast, 15).

China, which applies a severe policy of “zero tolerance” towards the new coronavirus, is 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 3,118 asymptomatic cases, 3,077 of them local (the majority in Shanghai), although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.

The remaining eight 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 Monday), 1,019 patients were discharged after successfully passing the covid.

The total number of active infected in the China continental amounts to 8,068, 511 of them in serious condition.

According to the institution’s accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 220,397 people have been infected in the country and 5,191 have died.

To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 3.7 million close contacts with those infected, of which 394,649 are still under observation.

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