DHARAMSALA, 20 Aug: The outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Chinese-occupied Tibet keeps surging with several cities with many cities including the Tibetan capital, Lhasa placed under lockdown.
With no sign of the outbreaks easing, as many as 501 positive cases have been reported from the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR) region on Friday, Chinese state-run Xinhua reported.
According to Taipei Times, Tibet has recorded more than 3,500 local cases in the past 10 days, with several cities, including Lhasa, having gone into as it is struggling to contain its biggest ever Covid-19 flareup.
“Tibet’s flareup, in particular, has sparked alarm with the rural region, which is not as efficient at tracking the movement of infected people as better developed cities” it added.
As of Thursday, the region had 375 areas designated as high-risk for COVID-19 and 208 for medium-risk, reported another Chinese state-run outlet China Daily.
Meanwhile, 11 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on Thursday while another 15 asymptomatic infectors and 196 close contacts were dismissed from medical observation, the report added.
However, the report noted that “33,760 close and secondary contacts still remain under centralized isolation for further medical observation.”