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China’s Virus Hotspots Keep Cases Elevated, Fuel Fears of Spread

  • Daily infection tally dips, though vacation outbreaks persist
  • Authorities concerned returning travelers will seed outbreaks
People work at the construction site of a Covid-19 makeshift hospital in Haikou, Hainan Province, on Aug. 17. 
People work at the construction site of a Covid-19 makeshift hospital in Haikou, Hainan Province, on Aug. 17. Photographer: Liu Yang/VCG/Getty Images

China reported its worst week of Covid infections since mid-May, fueled by outbreaks in vacation hotspots that risk spreading across the country as travelers return.

The country reported 2,678 cases for Thursday, down from 3,424 a day earlier. Still, there were more than 18,000 new local infections in the seven days through Aug. 18, China’s worst week since mid-May, amid outbreaks in Hainan, Tibet and Xinjiang that stranded tourists and threw the travel plans of thousands of people into disarray.