- China suffers biggest jump in new cases since April
- Hong Kong cases top 3,000
- Philippines overtakes Mainland China total
- Osaka reports another 200+ new cases
- 16.7 million global cases
- 659,000 deaths
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As anxieties about a global “second” (or, in Hong Kong’s case, “third”) wave intensify, health authorities in China have just reported the biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases on the mainland in three and a half months on Wednesday when 101 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health commission.
Over the past few months, health authorities have moved quickly, imposing lockdown measures, closing schools and rolling back other freedoms wherever new clusters were discovered be it Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian, Xinjiang, Urumqi or another city. Yesterday, Chinese officials reported a new case in Beijing (the capital city’s first case in 3 weeks) that authorities purportedly linked to an outbreak in the northeastern port city of Dalian.
Wednesday’s total was the highest in over three and a half months, according to the National Health Commission. Most of the infections were tallied in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang Province, while one case was reported in Beijing. 27 of the cases were asymptomatic, authorities said, while three were ‘imported’ cases.
As of Tuesday, mainland China had 84,060 confirmed coronavirus cases…while the official death toll remained at 4,634. Inexplicably, China has suspended poultry imports from a BRF-Brazil Foods plant, according to information from China customs published July 29. China has barred imports of seafood from several Latin American (and other international) producers after supposedly detecting COVID-19 on the packaging.
China’s resurgence follows the discovery of a new cluster in Hong Kong that has prompted city officials to adopt the most restrictive social distancing rules yet, including ordering bars and restaurants to close for indoor service, and restricting public gatherings to a maximum of 2 people. The city reported another 118 cases on Wednesday, the 8th straight day that daily new infections surpassed 100.
Of the 118 cases, 113 were locally-transmitted and the remainder were imported. 46 of the 113 cases were of unknown origin. The city’s deaths reached 24.
The measures imposed in Hong Kong are expected to last for at least one week as leader Carrie Lam warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak.
Elsewhere in the region, the Philippines officially overtook mainland China with the total recorded number of coronavirus disease cases climbing to 85,486 cases on Wednesday, compared to China’s official count of 84,060.
The latest data from the Philippines Department of Health reported another 1,874 cases, bringing the total to 85,486 COVID-19 cases.
Of the total number of infections, 56,528 were counted as active.
Metro Manila topped the list of areas with new COVID-19 cases with 728. 388 new recoveries were recorded bringing the total number of patients to 26,996.
However, the country’s COVID-19 death toll hit 1,962 as 16 new deaths were reported.
Finally, the Western Japanese prefecture of Osaka recorded at least 220 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, NHK reports.
Nearly 16.7 million people have been diagnosed with the virus around the world. Some 9.7 million patients have recovered, and more than 659,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
As we await Wednesday’s numbers out of the US and Europe, we expect to see the focus of the international community to start shifting back to Asia.