• China records 3,300 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in two years

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    China records 3,300 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in two years

    The country is experiencing its worst epidemic since the pandemic began.

    Digital Desk: On Saturday, China recorded more than 3,300 Covid-19 cases, the country's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic's early days, as officials ramp up attempts to halt the spread. The National Health Commission reported 1,807 proven local infections and 1,315 asymptomatic local illnesses on Sunday. More than 2,100 cases were reported in the northeast region of Jilin. More than 200 imported cases were also recorded in the country. China is dealing with a surge in new domestic illnesses not seen since the pinnacle of the virus's breakout in Wuhan, the virus's original epicenter. On Saturday, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan promised to take tough measures to stop regional clusters from spreading and asked officials to use quick antigen tests in addition to nucleic acid testing to keep up with omicron's expansion. She advised the government to "resolutely hold the bottom line of avoiding a revival of scale." As the Covid outbreak worsens, China's IT hub will allow employees to work from home. China authorized five quick Covid antigen tests made by Chinese companies last week. As per a statement by Shanghai United Media Group's chinastarmarket.cn, Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech Co., one of the companies that received permission, has negotiated an agreement to sell its kits through DaShenLin Pharmaceutical Group Co.'s shops and an online portal. Regional governments are increasing their efforts to stop the virus from spreading in their territories. According to a statement posted late Saturday by Shanghai's municipal government, people must show negative nucleic acid test results within the last 48 hours to depart or enter the city. According to the Beijing Daily, for a cluster outbreak in Dongguan city on March 1, Guangdong province in the south fired six officials, including the deputy chairman of the provincial public security department. Also Read: Assam: Three family members apprehended for killing 19-year-old pregnant woman BFC banner