Chinese COVID-19 outbreak 'developing rapidly,' health officials say

On October 30, 2021, Beijing, China, local residents waited in line to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. (Photo by Li He/VCG via Getty Images
China has reported 72 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, an increase of 70%

The northeast is the epicenter of the outbreak.

According to health experts, the virus is "severe" and the outbreak is "developing rapidly."

According to Reuters, China's COVID-19 latest outbreak is "developing quickly," according to a health official.

According to data from the National Health Commission (NHC), 377 COVID-19 cases were reported in the country between October 17 and 29.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), China has reported 72 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This represents a 70% increase in virus diagnosis.

The NHC reported last week that the virus carrier from abroad is responsible for the outbreak, which is concentrated in the northeast.

Heihe, a city with 1.3 million inhabitants, reported 26 local cases in October 29. This compares to nine on Oct 28 and one on Oct 27.

According to Reuters, "In the last 14 days, 14 province areas have reported new locally transmitted cases of asymptomatic carriers" on Saturday.

He said, "The virus situation is complex and severe because the outbreak is still rapidly developing."

Wu Liangyou, another NHC official said that the outbreak showed a "laxity in mind" among local authorities and urged for stronger screenings for the virus.

While significant steps are being taken to cancel the Beijing marathon, they are still very small in comparison to other countries.

The NHC issued a warning on October 24 about the spread of the virus throughout the country.

Reuters reported that Mi Feng warned about "seasonal factors," which could worsen the spread of the virus.

Even though the incidence of the disease is small compared to other countries, Beijing does not want the COVID-19 spike that could jeopardize 2022 Winter Olympics.

According to Reuters, a report by state TV, Chinese athletes will need a vaccine booster shot. However, foreign athletes should get a booster shot.

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