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Published: 10:49, August 09, 2022 | Updated: 15:18, August 09, 2022
Virus: Cities in Tibet begin mass testing, Hainan cluster grows
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Published:10:49, August 09, 2022 Updated:15:18, August 09, 2022 By Agencies

A resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Pulan County People's Hospital in Ali prefecture, southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, May 18, 2021. (SUN RUIBO/XINHUA)

BEIJING /SHANGHAI - Parts of Tibet are running mass COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, including the Chinese autonomous region's two largest cities, to fight a rare flare-up, while clusters were growing in Hainan province and in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Lhasa and Shigatse are running a fresh round of mass testing, and the second round would begin on Wednesday, state television said on Tuesday

In Tibet, which had previously found only one symptomatic COVID-19 infection in more than 900 days, local authorities reported one local patient with confirmed symptoms and 21 asymptomatic infections on Aug 8.

Lhasa, Tibet's biggest city and provincial capital, has suspended large events and closed various entertainment and religious venues.

Tibet's second-largest city Shigatse has entered three days of curbs.

Lhasa and Shigatse are running a fresh round of mass testing, and the second round would begin on Wednesday, state television said on Tuesday.

In Tibet's Ngari prefecture, three towns have started three rounds of mass testing, while the remaining towns are in their first round, state television said.

People scan health codes before entering a grocery market in Sanya, Hainan province on Aug 3, 2022. (PHOTO BY SHA XIAOFENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

The Chinese mainland on Monday reported 350 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 300 were in Hainan province, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.

The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovery reached 223,878 on the Chinese mainland as of Monday

Altogether 478 local asymptomatic carriers were newly identified on the day, including 171 in Hainan and 146 in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said the commission in its report.

A total of 108 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Monday.

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The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovery reached 223,878 on the Chinese mainland as of Monday.

Monday saw no new deaths from COVID-19, with the total death toll at 5,226, according to the commission.  


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