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China reports 115 new coronavirus cases, biggest increase in five months

Shijiazhuang, China's new hotspot of COVID-19 surge China on brink: City locks MILLIONS in their homes for week - new outbreak nears Beijing
Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2021, 19:33

This is the first time the country's daily infection number has surpassed 100 since last July.

The Chinese authorities have announced the lockdown of the cities of Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang with a total population of over 23 mln due to a new coronavirus outbreak, according to the Hebei province's health committee.

Suihua city in Heilongjiang province - home to over 5.2 million - was sealed off on Monday after the city reported one confirmed case and 45 asymptomatic cases. Among them, 4,165 had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, and 286 remained hospitalised.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,706, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4634. Hebei accounted for 40 of the 42 local infections, with Beijing and northeastern Heilongjiang province reporting one local case each.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has laid out his vision for the Communist Party for the next three decades, calling for conviction and confidence in the face of unprecedented global challenges.Xi told a top-level meeting in Beijing on Monday that he believed "time and momentum are on China's side", despite challenges including the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain disruptions, deteriorating relations with the West and a slowing economy."The world is in a turbulent time that is unprecedented in the past century", Xi said in the speech, according to party mouthpiece People's Daily.

"The central government is encouraging people to stay put during the Lunar New Year holiday that officially falls in mid-February this year", CNBC reported. A female who was confirmed with COVID-19 had attended three weddings in four days.

A total of 556 asymptomatic cases were under medical observation, of whom 256 arrived from outside the mainland.

CNBC noted on Tuesday that China's "spike" of coronavirus cases, and the rapidly growing states of emergency declared in several provinces, coincide with the arrival of the World Health Organization's (W.H.O.) coronavirus investigation team.

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Ontario has reported more than 3,000 cases daily for the last week, with 3,338 new cases reported Monday as well as 29 new deaths. Schools in grey zone urban areas will remain closed to in-person learning until February 10th.

The authorities required all departments to strengthen preventive measures and curb the coronavirus from spreading to other provinces. Residents and vehicles are banned from entering or leaving the area unless it's for emergency.

The city of Langfang in Hebei on Tuesday has confirmed its 4.9 million residents will be put under home quarantine for seven days and subject to mass COVID-19 testing.

Jinzhong city in Shanxi province also initiated strict control on gatherings after two asymptomatic cases from Hebei was detected.

Beijing city authorities have also stepped up screening and prevention measures to prevent another cluster from developing there.

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a resident at a community COVID-19 testing site in Xinhua District of Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 12, 2021.

A Beijing education spokesperson announced that all schools except colleges should end the semester by the end of January and take their winter break.

That was in response to finding 28 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, including 12 which were asymptomatic. He had recently contacted 144 passengers, all of whom have been notified by authorities.