Beijing, Aug 14 (EFE) .- The Chinese National Health Commission announced today the detection of 684 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus the day before, 623 of them due to local contagion and the rest imported.
The provinces where the highest number of indigenous infections were detected were Hainan (south, 494), Tibet (west, 59), Zhejiang (east, 24), Guangzhou (southeast, 14), Jiangxi (southeast, 10) and Inner Mongolia (north). , 10).
The remaining 61 cases were found among travelers from abroad at various points of entry into the country.
China, which applies a severe “zero tolerance” policy towards the new coronavirus, has suffered this year waves of outbreaks attributed to the omicron variant that has caused record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020 .
Right now, the main one is centered on the island province of Hainan, one of the main tourist destinations in the country for its beaches and tropical climate.
Health authorities also reported today the detection of 1,920 asymptomatic cases, 1,844 by local contagion (the majority in Hainan and Xinjiang), although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.
The total of this type of infections under observation is 9,719, of which 716 come from other territories.
The National Health Commission also detailed that, until last local midnight (16:00 GMT on Saturday), 120 patients were discharged after successfully overcoming covid.
The total number of active infected in mainland China amounts to 5,232, eight of them in serious condition.
According to the institution’s accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 234,901 people have been infected in the country and 5,226 have died.
To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 4.8 million close contacts with those infected, of which 173,999 are still under observation. EFE
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