Residents with masks wait in line to get swabs in Beijing, on December 29, 2020 Source: .
BEIJING.- This Sunday morning, the health authorities of Hebei, neighboring province Beijing, confirmed 40 new cases due to the increase in infections due to an outbreak of coronavirus. This brings the total number of infected to 223.
China does not count asymptomatic people who test positive. That is why the total count would be higher if considered at 161 people infected with coronavirus, but who did not present symptoms.
The increase in cases in Hebei worries the authorities because of its proximity to the country’s capital. To contain contagions, travel was restricted between both regions, and workers arriving in Beijing must present a certificate justifying their stay before entering the city.
Hebei roughly tested 13 million people between the cities of Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, located about 260 kilometers from Beijing, and Xingtai, 110 kilometers further south of the Chinese capital, a provincial official confirmed this Sunday.
On Saturday, the China National Health Commission reported 69 new cases, the majority in Hebei. In their daily bulletin, they reported that 21 cases correspond to people recently arrived from abroad.
Almost all of the cases occurred in Shijiazhuang. This city, which is home to 11 million people, is under lockdown and prohibits its inhabitants from moving to other regions. On January 6, all access to the city was cut off. Public transport is also stopped. Other cases of Covid-19 were detected in the city of Xingtai.
For its part, Beijing reported a new case today, bringing the total number of infected to 32 after an outbreak that began three weeks ago. Most of the cases were detected in Shunyi, a district in the northeastern suburbs of the city.
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