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China reports major drop in cases in locked city of Xi’an

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TAIPEI: China on Wednesday reported a major drop in Covid-19 infections in the northern city of Xi‘an, which has been under a tight lockdown for the past two weeks that has sharply disrupted the lives of its 13 million residents. The National Health Commission announced just 35 new cases in Xi’an, home to the famed Terracotta Warriors statues along with major industries, down from 95 the day before. Health officials said they have basically achieved the goal of halting community transmission because the new cases were among people already quarantined.
The decline has continued since daily new cases topped 100, which had prompted officials to retain and in some cases tighten restrictions on people leaving their homes. Xi’an has reported nearly 1,800 cases but no deaths in its latest surge. That’s a small number compared to outbreaks in other countries, a sign that China’s “zero tolerance” strategy of quarantining every case, mass testing and trying to block new infections from abroad has helped it contain major outbreaks.
News of people in Xi’an seeking urgent medical care who have been turned away at hospitals for not having Covid test results have spread online. They included a pregnant woman, according to an online post by the woman’s niece. The woman waited outside the hospital on a plastic stool until she started bleeding. She was finally let into the hospital after medical staff saw the blood, but the foetus was already dead, it said.





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