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China local COVID-19 cases up for 4th day as Xian outbreak expands

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BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s local coronavirus cases rose for a fourth day, with the majority of infections reported by Xian, a northwestern city that has put its 13 million people under lockdown. Xian reported 175 symptomatic cases for Monday, up from the previous day’s 150. No Omicron infections have been announced yet from the more than 800 confirmed cases in Xian since Dec. 9. Case numbers in Xian are small compared with many clusters in other countries, but Chinese officials have imposed tough curbs on travel within the city and on leaving it, in line with national guidelines to immediately…

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