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Fears Of “Third Wave” Intensify As China Suffers Biggest Jump In COVID-19 Cases Since April: Live Updates

Summary:

  • China suffers biggest jump in new cases since April
  • Hong Kong cases top 3,000
  • Philippines overtakes Mainland China total
  • Osaka reports another 200+ new cases
  • 16.7 million global cases
  • 659,000 deaths

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As anxieties about a global “second” (or, in Hong Kong’s case, “third”) wave intensify, health authorities in China have just reported the biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases on the mainland in three and a half months on Wednesday when 101 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health commission.

Over the past few months, health authorities have moved quickly, imposing lockdown measures, closing schools and rolling back other freedoms wherever new clusters were discovered be it Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian, Xinjiang, Urumqi or another city. Yesterday, Chinese officials reported a new case in Beijing (the capital city’s first case in 3 weeks) that authorities purportedly linked to an outbreak in the northeastern port city of Dalian.

Wednesday’s total was the highest in over three and a half months, according to the National Health Commission. Most of the infections were tallied in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang Province, while one case was reported in Beijing. 27 of the cases were asymptomatic, authorities said, while three were ‘imported’ cases.

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