Coronavirus: Xinjiang officials say there is no link between Kashgar and Urumqi outbreaks

Coronavirus: Xinjiang officials say there is no link between Kashgar and Urumqi outbreaks

Xinjiang officials on Tuesday ruled out a link between new coronavirus infections in Kashgar and earlier cases in Urumqi, as health authorities stepped up efforts to find the source of the latest outbreak in the far western border city.

They also said nucleic acid tests had been completed for all 4.74 million residents of Kashgar in just four days since the first case was detected on Saturday.

Li Linyu, Communist Party secretary of the health commission in Kashgar, said at a press briefing there were now five confirmed cases in the city, but there were 178 asymptomatic cases – people who had tested positive but did not have symptoms.

He said the five confirmed cases had previously been classified as asymptomatic and he expected more infections to be confirmed in the coming days.