China said Thursday that it still has more than 18,000 people quarantined due to a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Adoption comes six months after the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus a global health condition. Since then, the virus has spread and infected more than 17 million people worldwide, killing 667,808 – an increasing number.
More than 66 percent of China’s quarantined population is located in the western province of Xinjiang. Officials have closed some residential areas there, restricted public transport and ordered mass testing as authorities try to curb the outbreak.
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The last time more than 18,000 people were reported in Beijing on April 3 was in close contact with confirmed cases of coronaviruses.
According to the China National Health Commission, the number has risen to 189,000 in a pandemic.
On Wednesday, China announced 105 new cases of COVID-19.
However, the upward trend is not limited to China.
Australia recorded more than 700 new infections and had the deadliest day on Thursday with 13 deaths.
In total, there were more than 4.4 million infections in the United States. The death toll reached 150,733 – by far the highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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The terrible milestone comes amid signs that the nation’s outbreak is beginning to stabilize in the 15 southern states but is rising in the Midwest, with young people disguised and going to bars, restaurants and gyms.