The Latest: China's northeast outbreaks appear under control

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Workers pull boxes loaded with COVID-19 vaccines before a handing over ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Cambodia on Sunday received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, a donation of 600,000 doses from China, the country's biggest ally. Beijing has been making such donations to several Southeast Asian and African nations in what has been dubbed "vaccine diplomacy," aimed especially at poorer countries like Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

BEIJING — China appears to have stamped out its latest coronavirus outbreaks centered on the northeast, reporting no new cases of local infection in its latest daily report.

The National Health Commission said Monday that 14 newly confirmed cases had been brought from outside the country but no new cases were registered in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin that have seen China’s latest clusters.

While China has relaxed some social distancing rules, extensive testing, electronic monitoring and periodic lockdowns remain in place.

The country has reported 4,636 deaths among almost 90,000 cases since the coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.



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