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China reports 127 new coronavirus cases as Xinjiang outbreak grows

China reported 127 new coronavirus cases on Friday, its highest daily tally in over three months, according to health authorities.

Beijing, 31 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – China reported 127 new coronavirus cases on Friday, its highest daily tally in over three months, according to health authorities.

Of the new cases, 123 were locally transmitted.

The latest figures from the National Health Commission showed that 112 new cases were reported in the far-western Xinjiang region, where an outbreak earlier this month has continued to worsen despite official predictions it would slow down.

Earlier in July, Covid-19’s return to Xinjiang brought regional capital Urumqi, the centre of the outbreak, under “wartime” lockdown, with flights and public transportation shut down and widespread testing ordered.

Prior to this week, China had not reported above 100 coronavirus cases since April 12

Eleven new cases were also reported in north-eastern Liaoning province, where an outbreak at a seafood processing plant in the city of Dalian has put parts of the city on lockdown and resulted in hundreds of cancelled flights.

Despite these measures, cases linked to the Dalian outbreak have already been detected in nine different cities around the country.

Four imported cases were also reported in Guangdong and Tianjin.

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