China's Xian in 10th day of COVID lockdown

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The Chinese city of Xian has entered its 10th day of lockdown as the COVID-19 outbreak has yet to show any solid sign of easing in the country's epicentre of the latest flare-up.

The city of 13 million people reported 174 new local cases with confirmed clinical symptoms for December 31, National Health Commission data showed on Saturday, up from 161 a day earlier.

That brings the tally of community transmissions to 1451 since the first local infection of the outbreak was reported on December 9.

The Xian outbreak, which also led to cases in other cities including Beijing, can be traced back to a flight that arrived from Pakistan. But it is unclear how it then spread to local communities exactly.

Many people have been forbidden from leaving their residential compounds, but a city government official said on Friday curbs would be loosened in less risky compounds when the time was right.

Nationwide, China reported 231 new confirmed cases for December 31, up from 195 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 175 were locally transmitted, the National Health Commission said, up from 166 a day earlier.

All but one of the 175 new local cases were found in Xian, capital of the northwestern province of Shaanxi.

There were no new fatalities, leaving the nationwide death toll unchanged at 4636.

Mainland China had 102,314 confirmed cases as of Friday, up by 15,243 infections compared with 87,071 cases as of December 31, 2020.

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