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China adds 657 new cases of covid, 596 of them due to local contagion

China suma 657 nuevos casos de covid, 596 de ellos por contagio local

The Chinese National Health Commission reported today the detection of 657 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on the eve, 596 of them due to local contagion in places such as Canton (southeast, 219), Inner Mongolia (north, 75), Shanxi (center, 61), Fujian (southeast, 44), Chongqing (center, 39) or Beijing (37).

Health authorities also reported today the detection of 3,180 asymptomatic cases, 3,063 by local contagion, although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.

The total of this type of infections under observation is 28,034, of which 1,110 come from other territories.

The remaining 61 symptomatic cases were found among travelers from abroad at various points of entry into the country.

China, which applies a severe policy of "zero tolerance" towards the new coronavirus, it has suffered in recent months waves of outbreaks attributed to the omicron variant that have caused record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020.

The National Health Commission also detailed that, until last local midnight (4:00 p.m. GMT on Friday), 251 patients were discharged after successfully overcoming covid.

The total number of active infected with symptoms in mainland China amounts to 6,003, 30 of whom are serious.

According to the institution’s accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 262,966 people have been infected in the country and 5,226 have died, although the total number of infected people excludes asymptomatic people.

To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 8.1 million close contacts with those infected, of which 675,980 are still under observation.

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