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Xi’an, in northwest China, reported 175 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Monday, the highest number of daily infections in a Chinese city since March 2020.

Xi’an has now reported 810 cases of local transmission since its group began on December 9, one of the worst outbreaks in China since Wuhan became the epicenter of the 2019 pandemic.

Xi’an, home to 13 million people, entered a strict blockade on December 23, closing public places and transportation, except for essential services such as supermarkets and hospitals.

On Monday, it further tightened Covid’s control measures as local infections increased, forcing all residents to stay home unless they were allowed to go out for mass testing.

Soldiers sent to help: People’s Liberation Army People’s Army military doctors were sent to Xi’an to help local hospitals, some of whom are experienced in fighting the initial outbreak of Covid-19 in the state. Wuhan.

The officer says the outbreak is under control: Although cases are expected to increase in the coming days, the Xi’an outbreak is under control, according to Wei Xiaoli of the city’s CDC. He told a news conference Monday that residents “shouldn’t worry too much about the rapid rise in cases,” which have been uncovered by mass testing programs in the city.

According to the National Health Commission, China reported on Monday 182 symptomatic cases of local transmission, 180 of them in the northwest of Shaanxi Province, of which Xi’an is the capital.

One case was found each in southeastern Zhejiang Province and southwestern Yunnan Province.

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