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China’s Covid Outbreak Flares, Fueling Fears of Spread

  • Cases are centered around the crucial Yangtze Delta region
  • Authorities steer clear of major lockdowns but threat remains
A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, on July 4.

A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, on July 4.

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China reported more Covid-19 infections in its current epicenter, putting pressure on authorities to tame the outbreak before it spills over into some of the country’s most economically important areas. 

The eastern province of Anhui reported 231 Covid cases for Monday, with the tally since late June topping 1,000 infections. Authorities locked down Si county and one neighboring county late last week to carry out mass testing and to try and stop the virus from spreading, and pledged on Monday to stop community spread in the next three days.