27/07/2020 1:23 PM IST

China Reports 61 New Coronavirus Cases, Highest Since April

Most of the new domestic cases were reported from Xinjiang.

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A health worker carries out a Covid-19 test at a makeshift testing centre in Dalian, in China's northeast Liaoning province on July 27, 2020.

China recorded 61 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the health commission said, sparking fears of a fresh wave. Of the 61 new cases, some 57 were domestic transmissions, the health commission said, according to Reuters

It is the highest daily number since April 14 when 89 cases were recorded, AFP said.

Most of the new domestic cases were reported from Xinjiang, where the number nearly doubled from a day earlier to 41, the Reuters report added. An outbreak was reported in mid-July in Xinjiang’s Urumqi. 

The northeastern province of Liaoning reported 14 cases where a fresh cluster broke out in the city of Dalian last week.

The northeastern province of Jilin reported two new cases, involving people travelling from neighbouring Liaoning, the Reuters report added.

Residential communities in both Dalian and Urumqi have been placed under lockdown. Chinese authorities, AFP said, have rolled out mass testing in Dalian.

Citing a Global Times report, it said that a second wave of testing was also started in Xinjiang’s Urumqi on Sunday to detect residents who had previously tested false negative.

(With Reuters inputs)

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