China sees COVID cases resurging ahead of mass migration period

China sees COVID cases resurging ahead of mass migration period

Health authorities advise against homecoming trips during Lunar New Year

SHANGHAI — Daily COVID-19 cases continue to rise in China, spreading from the northeast to southern regions, prompting the government in Beijing to take precautionary measures ahead of the mass migration period during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

The country recorded 144 cases on Thursday, including 135 that were transmitted locally. While Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces in China’s northeast have seen the most outbreaks in recent weeks, Guangxi province in the country’s south has also recorded its first case in months.

The southern province has been one of the least affected, recording 266 cases and two deaths so far. The single case confirmed on Thursday involved a sanitizing worker in the provincial capital Nanning City who showed symptoms of fatigue and a cough two days earlier.

Millions of residents in the affected regions have been quarantined and schools will be closed for the Spring Festival break which this year starts this Saturday, two weeks earlier than normal.