Fresh Covid-19 outbreak detected in China’s Inner Mongolia

Beijing, Jun 6 (EFE).- China has reported an outbreak of 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases in its vast Inner Mongolia region, bringing the total number of cases detected in the country over the weekend to 90.

The light uptick in cases on Sunday comes shortly after a strict, two-month lockdown was lifted in China’s largest city Shanghai and restrictions were eased in the capital Beijing.

Authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia on Sunday reported 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 33 asymptomatic infections, the National Health Commission said in its daily briefing Monday.

State news outlet the Global Times said the majority of the cases were detected in the administrative division of Xilingol and that mass testing would be carried out on the local population.

China maintains a strict zero tolerance approach to Covid-19, unlike much of the rest of the world.

In recent months, the emergence of the infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus sparked a wave of outbreaks in China.

The country’s borders remain firmly shut to tourists and are open only to Chinese nationals and foreigners with special permission. EFE


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