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Jul 07, 2022 08:58 PM
CHINA

Even More Contagious Strain of Omicron Comes to Beijing

The authorities in Xi'an have closed schools and suspended dine-in services at restaurants. Photo: VCG
The authorities in Xi'an have closed schools and suspended dine-in services at restaurants. Photo: VCG

A more contagious strain of Covid-19 has been found in Beijing in the latest sign that the omicron subvariants that have now been identified in at least 70 countries are sweeping through China.

The local government confirmed Wednesday that the latest reported cases were infections of omicron BA.5, one of the subvariants that — along with omicron BA.4 — is currently spreading fastest around the world, according to a study from South Africa that has yet to be peer-reviewed.

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