China reports surge in COVID-19 infections

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

As of 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, 2.8 million people had been tested in Kashgar. China has used forced labour in Xinjiang to staff factories making everything from cotton to computer parts and hair products.

Asymptomatic cases are not counted in China's official tally of 85,810 confirmed infections. Despite initial questions over these figures, the country continued to reopen its economy and was among the first in the world to restart factory production.

China has been largely successful in bringing infection rates down, but there continue to be small outbreaks. The parents had not tested positive for the virus, however, it said. Tourists can leave as long as they have a valid negative nucleic acid test report within seven days.

Over 130 coronavirus cases confirmed in Xinjiang

A little girl wearing a protective face covering walks with her father on a street, following the Covid-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China October 25, 2020.

Four areas in Shufu county to the west of the Kashgar metropolitan area have been identified as high risk, while the rest of the county is at medium risk and other cities and counties are at low risk, the Kashgar government said in a statement (link in Chinese) Sunday. According to Flight Master, a China-based aviation data provider, 33 flights arriving and departing Kashgar were canceled on Saturday, accounting for almost half of all scheduled flights. On Monday, however, Kashgar airport still saw 69 flights cancelled, or more than half the total number of flights scheduled, according to Chinese flight tracker VariFlight.

China's far western prefecture of Kashgar has launched a mass testing program after more than 100 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

It reported 27 new asymptomatic patients, up from 11 a day earlier.

The local epidemic prevention and control headquarters has started an epidemiological investigation into the case.

"From the scientific perspective of the spread of the infectious disease, there is indeed no need to conduct citywide testing", Wu Zunyou told the state-run news magazine China Newsweek Saturday.

The source of the outbreak is unclear.

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