The Chinese city of Qingdao reports an omicron outbreak among students

Medical staff vaccinate students with the coronavirus disease vaccine in Qingdao
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers vaccinate students with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a university in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, March 30, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

March 6, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese port city of Qingdao reported 88 new coronavirus cases, all of the Omicron variant, for March 5, fueling China’s highest number of daily locally transmitted cases so far this year.

China on Saturday recorded 329 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, 175 of which were locally transmitted, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday, compared to 102 local cases the day before.

The Qingdao outbreak mostly happened among middle school students in Laixi County, the Qingdao City Health Commission said.

Laixi County will conduct a second round of mass testing on March 7, a Qingdao official said at a news conference on Sunday, adding that there was not much risk of another outbreak.

China’s “dynamic clearance” approach to COVID-19 aims to block transmission routes as new cases are detected.

The Qingdao outbreak helped the total number of locally confirmed cases in China hit its highest level since Dec. 31, with other cases 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, stood at 209, down from 166 a day earlier.

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

(Reporting by Min Zhang and Tony Munroe; Editing by David Gregorio and Christopher Cushing) The Chinese city of Qingdao reports an omicron outbreak among students

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