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Asia Today: Another 13 cases in China's far west outbreak

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Students wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit on steps at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities i...
A health worker takes a swab test at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third on...
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Health workers wait to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus ...
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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus pray at the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai, Saturday, July 18, 2020. The historic temple reop...

A health worker takes a swab test of a women at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Frida...

Parents wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus take photos of students as they pose for a group photo at the Temple of Heaven in Beijin...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit on a railing at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus gather at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities in a ci...

A security officer wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus stands guard at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Au...

Children wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sketch the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities in a city ...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit on steps at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities i...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit on steps at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities i...

A health worker takes a swab test at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third on...

A police officer helps an elderly man put on a face mask, as he waits for a consultation with health officers at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, ...

Health workers wait to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus ...

An elderly woman walks down a flight of stairs, helped by a policewoman, after she gave her swab sample, at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July ...

A health worker screens an elderly woman for COVID_19 symptoms at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavi...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus pray at the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai, Saturday, July 18, 2020. The historic temple reop...

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday reported another 13 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the northwestern city of Urumqi, raising the total in the country’s most recent local outbreak to at least 30.

An additional three cases were brought into the country from overseas, increasing China’s total number of confirmed infections to 83,660 with 4,634 reported deaths.

Despite the Urumqi outbreak, China has just 251 people remaining in treatment for COVID-19, according to the National Health Commission.

Another 151 people were being monitored in isolation for showing signs of having the virus or for testing positive without showing symptoms. At least 23 of those asymptomatic cases were in Urumqi, although China does not include them in confirmed cases.

Urumqi has responded by reducing subway, bus and taxi services, closed off some residential communities and is now conducting citywide tests, beginning with areas where cases had been reported, according to state media. Some restrictions on people leaving the city have also been imposed, with the number of flights from the city reduced.

The Urumqi outbreak is the latest to pop up since China largely contained the domestic spread of the virus in March. The largest was a recent outbreak in Beijing that infected more than 330 people, but local authorities on Saturday said commercial operations in the city have largely recovered. The Chinese capital has gone 13 days without a domestically transmitted case, although business at many restaurants and shops remains poor.

Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang region, where China has been accused of human rights abuses among its native Muslim minority groups. China has deployed a massive security presence in the region, which it says is needed to prevent terrorist activity.

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Updated : 2021-01-18 04:05 GMT+08:00