Days after easing of curbs, China records 14,288 new daily Covid cases

China reported 14,288 new local Covid cases on Saturday

China reported 14,288 new local Covid cases on Saturday, the pace of infection accelerating even as the country’s top health officials began to fine-tune virus control rules.

The National Health Commission said 1,675 new local symptomatic and 13,086 asymptomatic cases were discovered on Saturday, of which 533 were reclassified. This represents an increase from a national tally of 11,323 on Friday. Daily cases have remained above 10,000 since breaking that level last week for the first time since April.

Guangdong, Henan, Beijing, Chongqing and Inner Mongolia remain the provinces or municipalities with the most epidemics. The change came quickly on the ground soon after a major overhaul of the government’s Covid Zero playbook was unveiled on Friday.

Cities have scaled back mass Covid testing and released people from quarantine camps, according to the new guidelines, even as national case numbers rose. Other changes would be made in small steps, officials said at a Saturday briefing on the policy adjustment.

The scope and degree of easing remains unclear following the new rules, especially in cities with consistently high case numbers. At a virus control meeting in Chongqing, which reported 1,817 new cases on Saturday, Party Secretary Chen Min’er reiterated tasks to minimize movement and gatherings and boost testing capacity to prevent further spread, according to a local media report.

In another sign of caution, the West Bund art and design fair in Shanghai has been suspended for health reasons, according to the organizer’s WeChat account.

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