This is the first time the country's daily infection number has surpassed 100 since last July.
"He sees the general environment and development as positive for China to assert a new historical role and sees challenges but feels confident that China under him will be able to make the most of it", Tsang said."It is a - to paraphrase Napoleon - declaration that the conditions are right for the previously slumbering lion to roar and he will see to it that it does", he said. Hebei accounted for 40 of the 42 local infections, with Beijing and northeastern Heilongjiang province reporting one local case each.
The number of new cases in mainland China reported on Tuesday remained a small fraction of those seen at the height of the outbreak in early 2020. Among them, 4,165 had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, and 286 remained hospitalised. The U.S. also leads in the overall number of COVID-19 infections with 22.8 million out of the world's 91.5 million total cases, including 1.9 million deaths.
Of the confirmed cases, 304 were reported in the provincial capital Shijiazhuang, 21 in the city of Xingtai, and one in the city of Langfang, Xu said at a press briefing.
Some of the confirmed cases had been to Beijing, Wuhan and Jinzhong, a city in north China's Shanxi Province, according to the tracker published by Hebei authorities. Shijiazhuang has begun the second round of citywide nucleic acid testing.
Over 70 percent of confirmed cases distributed are in rural areas, which have the tradition of holding weddings ahead of the Lunar New Year.
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Tuesday saw 38 asymptomatic cases newly reported, of whom three arrived from outside the mainland.
Heilongjiang province yesterday declared a Covid-19 emergency.
The authorities required all departments to strengthen preventive measures and curb the coronavirus from spreading to other provinces.
On Wednesday, the northeastern Heilongjiang government imposed an "emergency state" with at least 20 million people now under some form of lockdown in the country's northern regions amid a surge in cases.
28 million people are under home quarantine.
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As the province shares a long border with Hebei, it announced it had entered "wartime status" on Tuesday afternoon and would to strictly conduct checks for people coming from Hebei and other provinces.
A year ago in February when the virus began spreading across China authorities had clampdown on weddings calling for nuptials to be delayed and to scale down funerals.
Tieli, a city of about 300,000 that borders Suihua, said on Wednesday it would ban people and vehicles from leaving for three days as part of new COVID-19 prevention measures.
Authorities in Wuhan, where COVID-19 first emerged in late 2019, on Monday launched contact tracing work after two infected people from Hebei visited the city.
A Beijing education spokesperson announced that all schools except colleges should end the semester by the end of January and take their winter break.
The Chinese city of Langfang near Beijing went into lockdown on Tuesday as new coronavirus infections raised worries about a second wave in a country that has mostly contained COVID-19.
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