China is witnessing a massive surge in its Covid-19 tally. In the last 24 hours, the country has reported 13,947 cases, according to the WHO Covid-19 Dashboard. This is the most drastic surge in cases since after the first outbreak of the pandemic in the country. According to China’s publicly available Covid-19 figures, the country reported 15,133 new cases on Feb 13, 2020. This was the most number of cases the country reported until the recent surge.
On February 21, 2022, the total number of cases reported in China stood at 2,74,833, and by March 14, 2022, the number rose to 7,91,571.
The surge in Covid-19 cases is being fueled by a sub-variant of the Omicron variant – the BA.2 variant. Israel is also reporting a surge in cases due to the emergence of the BA.2 variant.
China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea are among the South East Asian countries witnessing a rise in COVID cases.