This Sunday, China recorded more than 13,000 cases of Covid-19 in a single day, the highest number since the peak of the first epidemic wave two years ago. In the process, the health authorities announced the discovery of a potential new sub-variant of Omicron in the Shanghai region.
A total of 13,146 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in China on Sunday, the highest figure since the peak of the first wave in mid-February 2020. These are “1,455 patients with symptoms” and “11,691 asymptomatic and “no new deaths have been reported,” the National Health Commission said in a statement, as the highly contagious Omicron variant spread to more than a dozen provinces.
Nearly 70% of new cases were detected in Shanghai, the Commission said, after tests carried out on all residents. Almost all of the 25 million inhabitants of the city, the economic capital of China, have been confined since Saturday. The city has become in recent days the epicenter of a new wave of contamination linked to Omicron.
a new mutation?
Authorities in Suzhou, west of Shanghai, have discovered a mutation of the Omicron variant that is not listed in any local or international database, state media reported on Sunday. “This means that a new variant of Omicron has been discovered locally,” Xinhua said, citing the deputy director of the Suzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhang Jun.
Several tens of millions of Chinese are also confined to the northeast of the country, the cradle of the automotive industry. On Sunday, a new large city in the region, Baicheng (1.5 million inhabitants) was in turn placed under a bell.