Jan. 13 (UPI) — China is reporting a document variety of COVID-19 circumstances in its northern area, prompting authorities to position cities on lockdown.

China’s Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned Wednesday the nation recorded 90 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday in Hebei Province, adjoining to Beijing, the identical day authorities confirmed 16 circumstances in Heilongjiang Province, bordering Russia and one new case in Shanxi Province.

The overall variety of formally confirmed circumstances discovered Tuesday stands at 107, in accordance with the fee.

The comparatively excessive variety of circumstances in Chinese language territory marks the largest day by day spike in COVID-19 since July 29, when an outbreak in Xinjiang exceeded 100, in accordance with South Korean information company Yonhap.

In early January, Chinese language authorities recognized a number of new COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis of Shijiazhuang in Hebei and in Xingtai. On Wednesday, figures for Tuesday confirmed Shijiazhuang reported 84 circumstances and Xingtai reported 6.

In keeping with NPR on Wednesday, Hebei has reported greater than 600 new circumstances, and 544 of the circumstances had been present in Shijiazhuang since Jan. 2.

This week, the 2 Chinese language cities and Langfang, additionally in Hebei, had been positioned on lockdown. The restrictive measure bans metropolis residents from leaving their houses or residential buildings always, in accordance with NPR.

Suihua, a metropolis in Heilongjiang with a inhabitants of about 5 million, is also on lockdown, Yonhap reported Wednesday.

Chinese language well being professionals who participated in an epidemiological investigation in Shijiazhuang advised state tabloid International Instances the newest outbreak doubtless started between November and Dec. 15.

China beforehand mentioned it had received its battle in opposition to COVID-19 and continues to advertise its home vaccine from state-owned provider Sinopharm. Beijing didn’t observe the one-year anniversary of the primary COVID-19 dying in Wuhan on Monday.

Within the wake of the newest outbreak, Beijing could possibly be stepping up vaccinations. The Well being Fee mentioned this week the home vaccine will probably be made accessible to extra folks, together with residents age 60 or older.