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Coronavirus was first found in China at the start of 2020, as the rest of the world watched in horror as cases of the mysterious new COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan. But despite being the original epicentre of the virus, China has done comparatively well in combatting the deadly virus.
But the road to elimination is not yet complete for China after a new outbreak this weekend.
An outbreak of 137 asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 has been traced at a garment factory in the north-western region of Xinjiang.
No cases of people with symptoms have yet been reported – although this is disputed, with some believing the Chinese Government are covering up to avoid scrutiny.
According to the Guardian, Chinese nationals have been asking on China-specific social media platforms about the transparency of officials.
The new cases are mainland China’s first infections since October 14, and the first cases reported in the region since August 15.
In response to the outbreak, authorities launched a mass testing programme on Saturday night, and 2.84 million people had been tested as of Sunday afternoon.
The city Government said all 4.75 million residents will have been tested by the end of Tuesday afternoon.
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China is managing well with keeping local outbreaks under control, with mass routine testing and strict lockdowns being used to monitor potential cases.
Earlier in the year, some 760 million people in China were subject to some form of lockdown restrictions.
Last week, live coronavirus was found on frozen food packaging in the eastern city of Qingdao.
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The Chinese Centre for Disease Control said in a statement on its website: “It has been confirmed that contact with outer packaging contaminated by the new coronavirus can cause infection.”
They did not specify where the batch of frozen food came from.
China is also the world’s first major economy to recover from the effects of COVID-19 felt earlier in the year, as parts of the world went into strict lockdowns.
The Chinese economy grew 4.9 percent between July and September, according to Government data.
China’s central bank governor Yi Gang said on Sunday that officials predict annual growth of about two percent.
He said: “The Chinese economy remains resilient with great potential. Continued recovery is anticipated, which will benefit the global recovery.”
As of Sunday, mainland China had 85,810 confirmed coronavirus cases.
China’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,634.
Worldwide, there have now been some 1.15 million recorded deaths from coronavirus.
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