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The Chinese city of Qingdao reports an Omicron epidemic among students

CAPTION: Medical staff spotted students with the vaccine against coronary heart disease (COVID-19) at a university in Qingdao, Shandong province, China on March 30, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

March 6, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese port city of Qingdao announced 88 new coronary heart disease cases on March 5, all of the Omicron variant, which contributes to the largest number of daily cases infected locally so far this year.

China registered 329 new coronary heart disease cases on the mainland on Saturday, 175 of which were transmitted locally, the National Health Committee (NHC) said on Sunday, compared to 102 local cases the day before.

Qingdao outbreak was mainly among middle school students in Laixi County, said the Qingdao Municipal Health Committee.

Laixi County will launch a second round of mass tests on March 7, a Qingdao official told a news conference on Sunday, adding that there was no significant risk of further epidemics.

China’s ‘dynamic clearance’ approach to COVID-19 aims to block transmission routes as new cases are discovered.

The Qingdao eruption helped send the highest number of locally confirmed cases in China to the highest since December 31, while other cases were reported mainly in Jilin, Guangdong and Hebei provinces, according to the NHC.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, was 209 compared to 166 the day before.

As of March 5, mainland China had confirmed 110,868 COVID-19 cases and 4,636 fatalities.

(Reports by Min Zhang and Tony Munroe; Editing by David Gregorio and Christopher Cushing)



The Chinese city of Qingdao reports an Omicron epidemic among students

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