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China sees COVID cases resurging ahead of mass migration period

Health authorities advise against homecoming trips during Lunar New Year

A traveler waits with his belongings at a railway station in Beijing, China, Jan. 13.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Daily COVID-19 cases continue to rise in China, spreading from the northeast to southern regions, prompting the government in Beijing to take precautionary measures ahead of the mass migration period during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

The country recorded 144 cases on Thursday, including 135 that were transmitted locally. While Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces in China's northeast have seen the most outbreaks in recent weeks, Guangxi province in the country's south has also recorded its first case in months.

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