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Mainland China reports first local COVID-19 cases in more than 3 weeks

Published May 13, 2021 11:08PM ET Updated May 14, 2021 11:23AM ET
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including its first local transmissions in more than three weeks, national and regional authorities said.

Four of the cases were local infections in the eastern province of Anhui, all linked to the same case, surnamed Li. State media reported mass testing being carried out in two cities in the province, Luan and Hefei.

Two of the Anhui cases were reported by the National Health Commission on Friday, having been logged on Thursday.

They were the first local transmissions since April 20, when China recorded two in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a city on the border with Myanmar reported a new cluster in late March.

China's official Xinhua news agency said Li had travelled to Anhui on May 1 from Dalian, a port city in China's northeastern Liaoning province.

The other National Health Commission case, surnamed Zhang, was in close contact with Li during a training class Li led in the city of Luan, Xinhua reported.

Anhui authorities later reported two further locally transmitted cases, both with links to Li. None of the confirmed Anhui cases had been vaccinated, Xinhua cited a local health official as saying.

Two areas in Luan and one part of Feixi county were declared "medium-risk" in response to the cases.

Meanwhile, Liaoning's provincial health authority reported three new infections, including two local ones, both in another port city, Yingkou.

The other five cases in mainland China, logged on Thursday and reported on Friday, were imported infections originating overseas. The health commission had reported nine cases on Thursday, all imported.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 22 from 14 a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stood at 90,815 as of Thursday, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636.

Mainland China reports first local COVID-19 cases in more than 3 weeks
 

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David David
David9 May 14, 2021 2:37AM ET
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I told you guys... China is the best at containment... only one case in three weeks... this is what I call true containment...
lucas HENRY
lucas HENRY May 14, 2021 2:30AM ET
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sure
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 14, 2021 1:53AM ET
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Sure, we believe everything china says.
Dionte Edwards
Dionte Edwards May 13, 2021 11:51PM ET
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I hope they resolve situation before the world has to.
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They have since May of last year, they eradicated Covid in China... while the rest of the world doesn't know how to do containment even to this day...
 
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