14 Mar 2022
China's Daily Symptomatic Cases of COVID-19 Grows More than Triple
The Index Today
Mainland China recently reported 1,807 new local symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Sunday which is the highest daily figure in two years and more than triple the number of cases on the previous day, amid rising infections in a northeastern province squeeze health resources.
The rising cases prompted health authorities to allow the public to buy rapid self-test kits for the first time to help detect infections quickly, as some experts said China's earlier strategy based on nucleic acid test - requiring medical workers to take samples - had become harder with the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
Currently, the northeastern province of Jilin reported 1,412 new local symptomatic cases on Saturday, accounting for 78% of the national total and up from 134 a day earlier.
A Jilin provincial official told a news briefing that the increase "showed that some local areas, facing a rapid rise of the epidemic, lacked the capacity to expand medical resources, resulting in limited admission of infections to centralized facilities within a short period of time."