COVID-19 cases have more than doubled amid China’s growing outbreak | Health


BEIJING (AP) — China’s new COVID-19 cases more than doubled Tuesday from the previous day as it faces by far the largest outbreak since the pandemic began.

The National Health Commission said 3,507 new locally spread cases had been identified in the past 24 hours, up from 1,337 a day earlier.

A fast-spreading variant dubbed the “stealth Omicron” is testing China’s zero-tolerance strategy, which previously kept the virus at bay after a deadly initial outbreak in early 2020.

Most of the new cases occurred in northeast China’s Jilin Province, where 2,601 were reported. Smaller outbreaks have erupted across the country, including in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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