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Covid cases rise in Xi’an as China battles biggest community outbreak since 2020

A strict lockdown in the city of 13 million entered its fifth day as the country continues to pursue a ‘zero-Covid’ strategy * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Lockdown restrictions have been tightened in the Chinese city of Xi’an, which is battling the largest community outbreak the country has seen since the initial months of the pandemic when China brought thousands of daily infections under control. Authorities reported 162 new community infections on Monday, up from 158 on Sunday. All but 10 of Monday’s new cases were reported in Shaanxi province, where 13 million residents of the capital Xi’an have been locked down for five days. On Saturday, the country recorded the highest daily rise in local cases in 21 months as infections more than doubled in Xi’an. Continue reading...

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