China reports first two Covid-19 deaths in more than a year – ET HealthWorld

Shanghai-China reported its first two Covid-19 deaths in more than a year on Saturday, the National Health Commission said, both coming in the northeastern province of Jilin as the country faces its worst case upsurge since the pandemic’s outset. The fatalities were the first reported in China since January 26, 2021, and bring the country’s total death toll in the pandemic to 4,638. In all, China reported 4,051 new cases on Saturday, down from 4,365 the day before, the commission said. The country where the virus emerged in late 2019…

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China’s daily cases of symptomatic COVID more than triple – ET HealthWorld

Beijing -Mainland China reported 1,807 new local symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest daily figure in two years and more than triple the caseload of the previous day, as surging infections in a northeastern province squeeze health resources. The number of domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms reported for Saturday spiked from 476 the previous day, data from the National Health Commission showed on Sunday. The daily count included 114 people initially classified as asymptomatic who later developed symptoms. China’s case count is far lower than those of many…

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China perseveres with mRNA COVID shot development amid Omicron, commercial uncertainty – ET HealthWorld

Beijing: China has spent over a year developing Pfizer-type COVID-19 vaccines that may even help it pivot from stringent “zero-COVID” restrictions, but a changed market and the Omicron variant have muddied prospects before efficacy data has even been published. Still, China is unlikely to join the majority of countries in approving foreign-made vaccines based on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology before making its own, experts said, though a slowing vaccination drive at home and in some other nations and improved supply of approved vaccines have raised questions of viability. “If they…

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China seeks to control COVID-19 flare-up – ET HealthWorld

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein Beijing: China recorded another 80 locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as the country seeks to control the biggest flare-up since the original 2019 outbreak with a combination of lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions. Of the new cases, 58 were found in the eastern city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu province, where the highly contagious delta variant spread among airport workers in the provincial capital of Nanjing. Other cases were found in six provinces from tropical Hainan in the south to Inner Mongolia bordering on Russia.…

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