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China reports highest coronavirus infection figures in two years

New infections were reported from seven provinces and regions on Wednesday

23 February 2022, China, Hong Kong: An elderly man in a wheel chair enters a mobile sample collection for Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong's Central district. Hong Kong is facing the 5th wave of Covid-19 and it's the worst since the start of the epidemic with more than 6,000 daily cases. Photo: Emmanuel Serna/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
An elderly man in a wheel chair enters a mobile Covid-19 testing center in Hong Kong's Central district. Photo: Emmanuel Serna/dpa.

China has reported the highest coronavirus infection figures in two years.

Across all of China, 402 local infections were reported on Wednesday, almost twice as many as the day before, the official news agency Xinhua reported Thursday.

There were also 435 asymptomatic infections and 277 cases imported from abroad.

Following the first major coronavirus wave, which originated in Wuhan more than two years ago, China was able to bring the virus under control quickly with strict measures.

Since then, the world's second-largest economy has seen only regional outbreaks.

But since the Omicron variant was first discovered in the eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin at the beginning of January, health experts have feared that this more contagious variant could push Chinese protective measures to their limits.

Cases drop in major cities

Individual cases recently cropped up in the country's two major cities, Beijing and Shanghai.

New infections were reported from seven provinces and regions on Wednesday.

The north-eastern province of Jilin was particularly hard hit, with 165 symptomatic infections.

China reports highest coronavirus infection figures in two years
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