China logs 127 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, highest since early March : India
China on Friday reported 127 new coronavirus cases on the mainland for July 30, up from 105 the previous day, and the highest daily number since March 5 for locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 on the mainland.
Like for the last several days, the highest number of cases among the 124 locally transmitted ones – 112 — were from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR, the northwestern province where China is carrying out controversial de-radicalisation programmes among the mostly Uyghur minority community including putting them in high-security camps.
The coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December where it was also linked to a seafood and meat market.
Urumqi has tightened the management of personnel flow after clusters of new Covid-19 infections were reported.
In principle, locals are required not to leave the city, if it is not necessary, official media reported.
Non-locals, who have stayed in Urumqi for at least 14 days from July 17 onwards, must carry green health codes and proof of both negative results of a nucleic acid test and an antibody test, conducted within seven days before leaving the city, official media said.
The city of Dalian, meanwhile, will undertake a second round of testing on residents in high-risk areas, following the resurgence of Covid-19.
The city as of Thursday has 68 locally transmitted cases of the infection.
More than 4 million samples have been collected for nucleic acid testing, health authorities said.
“A total of 21,999 medics have been mobilised to conduct nucleic acid tests at 4,297 testing sites across the city, with 4.09 million samples collected by midnight Wednesday,” Zhao Lian, deputy director of the municipal health commission, said.
As of Thursday, China has reported a total of 84,292 coronavirus cases and 4634 deaths.