More than half a year after Kovid-19 has halted its spread within mainland China, new clusters of cases have surfaced in and around Beijing’s capital in the past few weeks.
The number of newly reported cases is not near the levels seen in many countries outside China, including the United States. Hebei, the worst-affected province, has reported more than 800 newly confirmed cases since January. But here’s a look at the provinces that have confirmed coronovirus cases since December 1, representing areas with higher numbers of darker cases:
The frequent spread of the virus, especially in Hebei Province around Beijing, has prompted authorities to close many areas and urge people not to travel during the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration nationwide. The holiday officially arrives in mid-February this year.
Nomura’s chief Chinese economist Ting Lu said in a January 18 note, “Given the local governments, efficient testing and tracing systems and the ongoing vaccine rollout, we believe the situation will eventually be brought under control.” “However, unusually cold weather and the rush of the upcoming Lunar New Year (LNY) trip may challenge the virus-laden task.”
“Strong pent-up consumption demand during the upcoming LNY holidays in mid-February may require markets to lower their expectations,” Lu said, noting that the hospitality sector is slowing, while the industrial sector remains solid can withstand.
The province of Hebei began to disclose a spike in coronovirus cases earlier this year, with a figure of 90 last week. Figures are not included in many asymptomatic cases found through large-scale testing.