The Chinese Ministry of Health has confirmed 16 new cases of locally transmitted coronavirus in Xinjiang province after the authorities ordered the closure of Urumqi, the capital of the Uyghur Muslim minority, after an increase in infections. .
In total, China registered 22 more cases on Friday, although no deaths have been confirmed. With this new data, the total number of infections in the country was 83,644, while the death toll remained at 4,634, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
Despite concerns over the increase in cases in Xinjiang, which has resulted in the cancellation of 90 percent of Urumqi flights, the situation is “generally manageable,” said Urumqi Control Center and Disease Prevention Director Rui Baoling, according to information the Global Times newspaper.
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 are under medical observation and the authorities have informed that the necessary preventive measures are taken.