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China Reports Most Daily Covid Cases Since Wuhan Outbreak

  • Omicron sparks clusters in Shanghai, Qingdao, Dongguan
  • China is already helping to contain Hong Kong’s record wave
Residents in Wuhan line up for Covid-19 testing on March 4.
Residents in Wuhan line up for Covid-19 testing on March 4.Photographer: AFP/Getty Images
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China reported its biggest one-day tally of coronavirus infections since the Wuhan outbreak at the start of the pandemic, with efforts to contain its spread set to challenge the strict Covid Zero strategy that’s isolated it from the rest of the world.

The nation announced 526 cases on Monday, including 312 asymptomatic infections, with multiple clusters around the country. Shanghai, which has seldom seen a flareup during the pandemic, saw almost 50 infections. The port city of Qingdao had 163, centered around students at a high school, and the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan reported 153 cases.