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In China, the number of cases of Coronavirus has reached a 20-month high.

On Sunday, China’s coronavirus tally surpassed a 20-month high, as infections in the country continued to rise in recent weeks.

This comes as people prepare to return to their homes after the New Year holidays, as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics.

According to the latest data from the National Health Commission (NHC), the Chinese mainland recorded 162 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to state-run Xinhua News.

This was the largest number of instances in the last year and a half.

According to the NHC, 152 of the total cases were reported in Xi’an city, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi province, which was the epicenter of the latest outbreak.

Since last week, the city has been under lockdown due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

Xi’an, located 901 kilometers (560 miles) from the Olympic venue, saw a spike in viral infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 500 in the last two weeks.

Nearly 29,000 people are under hotel quarantine, according to officials.

Since the first case was reported on Dec. 9, health officials in Xi’an are conducting the third round of mass testing.

Millions of people are anticipated to return home for the holidays and visit tourist attractions, further complicating the situation.

Over 3,500 schools have been closed, affecting over 2 million students and employees. Public transportation, including aircraft and trains, has been suspended.

On Sunday, no new Covid-19 deaths were reported, according to the NHC.

As of Sunday, China had recorded 101,277 Covid-19 cases on the mainland, with 4,636 deaths.

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