China ends 2021 with highest weekly COVID cases since taming original epidemic

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BEIJING (Reuters) -China ended the final week of 2021 with its biggest tally of local COVID-19 cases for any seven-day period since it contained the country’s first epidemic nearly two years ago. The National Health Commission reported on Saturday 175 new community infections with confirmed clinical symptoms for Dec. 31, bringing the total number of local symptomatic cases in mainland China in the past week to 1,151, driven mostly by an outbreak in the northwestern industrial and tech hub of Xian. China has maintained some of the toughest COVID-19 measures in the world even as cases fell sharp…

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