Spike in COVID-19 cases in China sparks fears of second wave

There are fears China may be experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 after a spike in cases in recent days.

Officials from China's National Health Commission on Thursday (local time) reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 for July 29. That followed 101 new cases being reported on July 28. 

Before that the last time China recorded more than 100 new infections in a single day was April 12,  when 108 new cases were announced.

Ninety-six of the cases reported on Thursday were in Xinjiang, home of Uighur minority, authorities said. Five cases were in the Liaoning province, and the provinces of Guangdong, Yunnan and Shaanxi reported one case each. The municipality of Beijing also had one case.

Authorities were battling to control the outbreak in Xinjiang by closing off communities and imposing travel restrictions, TIME reported.

As of Wednesday China had recorded a total of 84,165 confirmed cases and 4634 deaths, the health authority said.

More than six months after the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, the virus shows no signs of abating.

Globally there have been more than 17 million confirmed cases, with total death toll standing at almost 670,000.

Earlier this week UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned there were signs a second wave was emerging in Europe, though experts have debated whether that really is the case.

Australia, which initially managed to contain the spread of the virus, has also recently faced an uptick in cases, with the state of Victoria being hit the hardest.