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China on Friday reported another record daily number of COVID-19 infections as cities across the country imposed measures and clamped down on outbreaks.

New local COVID-19 infections on Thursday set a daily record for the second consecutive day, beating the figure set in mid-April when the commercial hub of Shanghai was crippled by a two-month city-wide lockdown of its 25 million residents.

Excluding imported infections, China reported 32,695 new local cases on Thursday, of which 3,041 were symptomatic and 29,654 were asymptomatic, compared with 31,144 a day earlier.

Major outbreaks are numerous and far-flung, with the southern city of Guangzhou and southwestern Chongqing accounting for the bulk, although hundreds of new infections were reported daily in cities such as Chengdu, Jinan, Lanzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan.

Cases in Shijiazhuang quadrupled to 3,197 on Thursday from the previous day.

China’s capital Beijing reported 424 symptomatic and 1,436 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 509 symptomatic and 1,139 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government data showed.

The financial center of Shanghai reported nine symptomatic and 77 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with nine symptomatic and 58 asymptomatic a day earlier, local health authorities said.

Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million people, reported 257 new symptomatic and 7,267 asymptomatic cases yesterday, compared with 428 symptomatic and 7,192 asymptomatic cases a day earlier, local authorities said.

Chongqing reported 258 new symptomatic local COVID-19 infections and 6,242 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 409 symptomatic and 7,437 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local authorities said.

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