The Chinese National Health Commission confirmed this Sunday the detection of 1,351 new coronavirus positives the day before -1,318 due to local contagion-, in addition to 25,111 asymptomatic cases.
The provinces or cities with the highest number of community transmission cases were Shanghai (east, 1,006), Jilin (northeast, 242), Zhejiang (east, 16), and Guangzhou (south, 10).
China, which applies a severe “zero tolerance” policy towards the new coronavirus, is going through a wave of outbreaks attributed to the omicron variant that is causing record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020.
Health authorities also reported today the detection of 25,111 asymptomatic cases, 25,037 of them local (the majority in Shanghai), although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.
The remaining infections, found among travelers from abroad, were detected in various regions of the country such as Guangzhou (south) or Sichuan (southwest).
The National Health Commission also detailed that, until last local midnight (16:00 GMT on Saturday), 1,948 patients were discharged after successfully overcoming covid.
The total number of active infected in mainland China amounts to 22,589, 80 of them in serious condition.
According to the institution’s accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 164,393 people have been infected in the country and 4,638 have died, the last two in March, which were the first deaths recorded in more than a year.
To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 2.6 million close contacts with those infected, of which 453,555 are still under observation.