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Number of covid cases in China has reached its highest level in nearly two years

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China, where the virus initially appeared in late 2019, has a strong policy of aiming for zero cases of Covid.

On Monday, the number of Covid-19 cases in China hit its highest level since March 2020, as Beijing scrambles to contain breakouts just three weeks before the Winter Olympics and the Lunar New Year holiday. China, where the virus initially appeared in late 2019, has a strong policy of aiming for zero cases of Covid. However, in recent weeks, its strategy has come under fire. On Monday, 223 additional cases were reported, with 80 in Tianjin, a virus-affected port city, and nine in Guangdong’s southern manufacturing heartland, including cases of the highly transmissible Omicron strain. In northern Henan province, where millions of people have been subjected to partial lockdowns and mass testing, another 68 instances have been discovered. After discovering a number of Omicron cases, Zhuhai, the mainland city surrounding Macau’s gambling centre, warned residents not to leave the city and began testing the entire city on Monday.

As part of tight infection control procedures, China canceled plans to sell public tickets for the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday, allowing only invited guests to attend. Pakistani health officials reported on Monday that a successful clinical trial of Chinese traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of Covid-19 had concluded. Jinhua Qinggan Granules, a Chinese drug developed by Juxiechang (Beijing) pharmaceutical, is already being utilized in China to treat Covid-19 sufferers. 

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and is suffering very minor symptoms while isolated and working remotely, according to a spokeswoman. Anthony Fauci, a US Covid advisor, said it’s too early to tell whether the Omicron variant’s rapid spread will speed the pandemic’s end.

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