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The Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned Saturday that 16 extra circumstances have been recognized within the earlier 24 hours within the Xinjiang area, on prime of a primary case.

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Final Up to date: July 18, 2020, 12:56 PM IST

The variety of confirmed circumstances in a brand new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17.

The Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned Saturday that 16 extra circumstances have been recognized within the earlier 24 hours within the Xinjiang area, on prime of a primary case.

The outbreak within the metropolis of Urumqi is the most recent to pop up since China largely contained the home unfold of the virus in March. The most important was a latest outbreak in Beijing that contaminated greater than 330 people.

Authorities in Urumqi have lowered subways, buses and taxis and closed off some residential communities, in keeping with Chinese language media stories. In addition they positioned restrictions on people leaving town, together with a suspension of subway service to the airport.

China has been accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the homeland of the largely Muslim Uighur ethnic group. The area has lengthy been blanketed with excessive safety, which China says is important to stop terrorist exercise.

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