NUSADAILY.COM -BEIJING- China reported a drop in additional cases of COVID-19 as the number of cases in two provinces hardest hit by the latest wave of coronavirus dropped to single digits, according to official government data on Tuesday.
A total of 82 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in mainland China on January 25, down from 124 the day before, the National Health Commission said in a statement.
Heilongjiang Province reported 53 new cases of COVID-19. However, Jilin and Hebei – two northeastern Provinces of China that have experienced a spike in cases in recent weeks – reported seven and five new cases, respectively.
Authorities in China have launched a series of aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including home quarantines, travel restrictions and mass testing this month in an effort to contain the country’s worst COVID-19 wave since March 2020.
The coronavirus outbreak also occurred ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday when hundreds of millions of people traveled, which adds to the sense of urgency of the authorities.
Most of the new cases of COVID-19 during the current wave of outbreaks have been found in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Hebei, which are the provinces surrounding Beijing.
As a result, the three provinces have launched some of the most stringent measures to date in China.
The number of new cases of asymptomatic COVID, which China does not count in the calculation of confirmed cases, rose to 57 from 45 the day before.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 89,197. The death toll from COVID-19 rose one to 4,636, marking the first increase in corona deaths since January 13. (sak/ant)