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China Finds Imported Omicron Cases in New City as Outbreak Grows

  • Variant discovered in Changsha challenges Covid-zero strategy
  • Official says strict border controls needed before Olympics

Two new cases of the omicron variant were detected in the central Chinese city of Changsha from arrivals into the country, state-backed media Xinhua reported Saturday citing the municipal government.

The provincial capital of Hunan is the latest place to discover the highly contagious variant in incoming travelers, after the southern province of Guangdong and the northern metropolis of Tianjin reported cases earlier this month. The infected people never left closed-loop quarantine controls and are being treated in hospitals, according to local health authorities.