CHINA’S BOAST ABOUT CONTAINING COVID ZAPPED BY 63 CASES IN HEBEI
China recoiled over a confirmed report of 63 COVID-19 cases in Hebei province in just one day, the biggest number of cases since June 2020, and all of them were local transmissions.
Writing for the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on January 6, 2021, Jane Cai said many of the patients attended village events, including a wedding, in the past three weeks and health authorities expect case numbers to rise.
Hebei reported 20 locally transmitted cases and 43 asymptomatic cases on Tuesday, the provincial health commission said on Wednesday.
Among the confirmed cases, 19 were reported in the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang and one was found in the city of Xingtai, both around 300km (186 miles) southwest of Beijing.
The province also reported 19 local infections and 40 asymptomatic cases between last Saturday and Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 122.
Feng Zijian, deputy director of the China CDC, said in an interview with CCTV on Tuesday night the spread might continue for a while and potential infections could be higher because Shijiazhuang city was conducting citywide mass nucleic acid testing.
Investigations by local health authorities show that many patients attended village events, including a wedding in Xiaoguozhuang village, Shijiazhuang, in the past three weeks.
According to a report by Hebei Daily, Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health Commission, was sent by vice-premier Sun Chunlan to Hebei to direct operations to stop the disease from spreading.
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