Beijing, Aug 22 The National Health Commission of China announced today the detection of 427 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus this Sunday, 360 of them due to local contagion in places such as Hainan (south, 232), Tibet (west, 55) or Shaanxi ( center, 16).
The remaining 67 symptomatic cases were found among travelers from abroad at various points of entry into the country.
Health authorities also reported today the detection of 1,558 asymptomatic cases, 360 by local contagion, although Beijing does not count them as confirmed cases unless they show symptoms.
The total of this type of infections under observation is 21,563, of which 772 come from other territories.
China, which applies a severe “zero tolerance” policy towards the new coronavirus, has suffered in recent months waves of outbreaks attributed to the omicron variant that have caused record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half. of 2020.
The National Health Commission also detailed that, until last local midnight (4:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday), 293 patients were discharged after successfully overcoming covid.
The total number of active infected with symptoms in mainland China amounts to 8,583, 39 of whom are serious.
According to the institution’s accounts, since the beginning of the pandemic, 239,851 people have been infected in the country, of which 226,042 have managed to heal and 5,226 have died, although the total number of infected people excludes asymptomatic people.
To date, medical follow-up has been carried out on more than 5 million close contacts with those infected, of which 226,641 are still under observation.