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Fears of new wave after China records highest surge in virus cases since April


China recorded 61 new coronavirus cases today - the highest daily figure since April - propelled by clusters in three separate regions.


The bulk of 57 new domestic cases were found in the far northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July.


Fourteen domestic cases were also recorded in the northeastern province of Liaoning where a fresh cluster broke out in the city of Dalian last week. Two more local cases were found in the neighbouring province of Jilin near the North Korean border - the first since late May.


The last four infections confirmed on Monday were imported from overseas. It is the highest daily tally of new virus cases since April 14, when 89 cases, mostly imported, were recorded.


Chinese authorities have rolled out mass testing for hundreds of thousands of people in the port city of Dalian. A second wave of mass testing was also launched in Xinjiang's Urumqi on Sunday to detect residents who had previously tested false negative.


Residential communities in both Dalian and Urumqi have been placed under lockdown, with authorities declaring a "wartime mode" to combat the virus.


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