China said on Thursday that it was still home to more than 18,000 people trapped in quarantine amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Admission takes place six months after the World Health Organization declared a new coronavirus a global health emergency. Since then, the virus has spread and infected more than 17 million people worldwide, killing 667,808, a growing number.
More than 66 percent of China’s quarantine residents are in the western province of Xinjiang. Officials there blocked some residential areas, restricted public transit, and ordered mass tests as authorities tried to contain the outbreak.
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Beijing last reported more than 18,000 people who were in close contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus on April 3.
According to the pandemic, the number of people has risen to 189,000, according to the National Health Commission of China.
On Wednesday, China reported 105 new cases of COVID-19.
But the growth trend is not limited to China.
More than 700 new infections have been reported in Australia, a deadly day with 13 deaths.
In total, more than 4.4 million infections have been reported in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll has reached 150,733 – the highest figure in the world today.
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The gloomy milestone comes amid signs that the country’s outbreak is beginning to stabilize in the 15 southern states, but is rising in the Midwest, caused by young people who were without masks and went to bars, restaurants and gyms.