Omicron Outbreak Among Chinese Students


  • As of March 5, mainland China had confirmed 110,868 COVID-19 cases and 4,636 fatalities.
  • The Qingdao health authority also reported 27 new cases for Sunday as of 0600 GMT, all among people already under quarantine in Laixi county.
  • China’s total Sunday figures will be released on March 7.

The Chinese port city of Qingdao reported 88 new coronavirus cases on March 5, all of which were of the Omicron variety, bringing the total number of daily locally transmitted cases in China to the highest level this year as reported by Yahoo.

New cases

On Saturday, China registered 329 new coronavirus cases on the mainland, 175 of which were locally transmitted, according to the National Health Commission (NHC), up from 102 local cases the day before.

According to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission, the incidence in Qingdao was primarily among middle school pupils in Laixi county.

A Qingdao official indicated at a press briefing on Sunday that the second round of mass testing will begin on March 7, and that there is no significant risk of another epidemic.

China’s “dynamic clearance” approach to COVID-19 aims to shut off transmission routes as soon as new cases are detected.

Additional symptomatic cases

According to the NHC, the Qingdao epidemic contributed to China’s total local confirmed case count reaching its highest level since December 31, with other cases recorded primarily in the provinces of Jilin, Guangdong, and Hebei.

A total of 209 additional asymptomatic cases, which China does not identify as confirmed cases, were reported, up from 166 the day before.

As of March 5, mainland China had reported 110,868 cases of COVID-19, including 4,636 deaths.

As of 0600 GMT on Sunday, the Qingdao health department had reported 27 new cases, all of which were among those already under quarantine in Laixi county. On March 7, China’s total Sunday data will be announced.

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