BEIJING (AP) – China reported over 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country continues to fight an outbreak in Xinjiang.
The 101 new cases were China’s highest daily increase in weeks. The northwestern region of Xinjiang represented 89, with eight others in the northeastern province of Liaoning and one in Beijing. Three more cases were brought out of the country returning Chinese citizens.
Outside of Xinjiang, the virus has been widely contained in mainland China with the death toll of COVID-19 which has remained at 4,634 out of 84,060 cases since the pandemic first emerged from the central city of Wuhan in the end. last year.
Hospitals are treating 482 people for the disease, with another 274 isolates being monitored to show signs of infection or to have shown that the virus is positive without showing symptoms.
The outbreak of Xinjiang concentrated on the capital of the region and on the largest city of Urumqi, where the authorities isolated some communities, limited public transport and ordered widespread tests.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
– While Japan is fighting a wave of coronavirus cases, some areas may be running out of isolation facilities to monitor infected people. The ministry of health reported 981 new cases on Tuesday and three more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the overall budget to 1,000 people. Most of the new cases were internal, while 13 were found in airports from arriving flights, he said. Government chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga acknowledged that some areas could run out of space in places like hotels, where infected people can be hosted and monitored away from other people and prevent the virus from spreading. The national government was ready to help regional governments make sure people could stay in such structures, Suga said Wednesday.
– South Korea has reported 48 additional cases, maintaining an increase in new infections. Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that additional figures brought the country’s total to 14,251 with 300 deaths. Fourteen of the new patients had been locally infected while the rest 34 came from overseas. South Korea has reported about 20-60 new cases every day since it eased its strict social removal rules in early May.
– The hard hit Victorian state of Australia recorded the lowest daily COVID-19 case count in nine days, while the state premier expressed hope that it was the start of a downward trend. Victoria has reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of whom have been in nursing homes for the elderly who are suffering the brunt of the pandemic. Premier Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said that “the trends don’t come true in one day”, but that he hoped the decline would continue. The outbreak has focused on Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, which is halfway through a six-week block.
– The New Zealand government says it will quickly go through new laws to allow some people to be charged with border quarantine costs. New Zealand has had no community transmission of the virus for three months and anyone entering the country is required to spend two weeks in a hotel. The cost to taxpayers has already amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars. Under the new law, adults who leave or enter the country for short vacations or business trips will have to pay approximately $ 2,100 for their quarantine costs. But there will be many exceptions to the new fares and officials recognize that it will affect less than 10% of travelers.