China said Thursday that more than 18,000 people are still quarantined against the backdrop of spikes in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Admission comes six months after the new coronavirus was declared a global emergency medical service by the World Health Organization. Since then, the virus has spread and infected more than 17 million people worldwide, killing 667,808, a number that is growing by the day.
More than 66 percent of China’s quarantine residents are in the western province of Xinjiang. Officials there have locked some residential areas, restricted public transit and ordered mass tests as authorities struggle to crack down on counterfeiting.
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The last time Beijing reported more than 1
At the height of the pandemic, the number of balloons reached 189,000, according to the China National Health Commission.
On Wednesday, China announced 105 new cases of COVID-19.
But the upward trend is not limited to China.
Australia registered more than 700 new infections and had its deadliest day on Thursday with 13 deaths.
There were a total of more than 4.4 million infections in the United States. According to the Hopkins University number, the death toll has reached 150,733 – by far the highest in the world.
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The grim cornerstone comes amid signs that the nation’s outbreak is beginning to stabilize in the 15 southern states, but is rising in the Midwest, caused by young people who have been without masks and go to bars, restaurants and gyms.