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Xinjiang Covid Outbreak Is China’s Biggest Since Summer

  • Region sees 280 cases logged as of Monday amid new surge
  • Nine people are in ‘severe condition,’ authorities say
Covid-19 testing in Shufu County of Kashgar Prefecture last week.

Covid-19 testing in Shufu County of Kashgar Prefecture last week.

Photographer: Xinhua/Hu Huhu via Getty Images

A testing blitz in China’s far west region of Xinjiang uncovered the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the summer, even as authorities said all infections have been found.

Authorities in the region -- the epicenter of Beijing’s crackdown on ethnic Muslim Uighurs -- reported six new so-called asymptomatic infections on Monday. Xinjiang’s tally since the outbreak began with the detection of an asymptomatic 17-year-old on Oct. 24 stands at 57 infections and 223 asymptomatic cases, Xinjiang’s health commission reported. Nine people are in “severe condition,” authorities said.