China on Tuesday recorded over two dozen new coronavirus cases, as New Zealand also recorded its first infections in almost a month.
27 new infections were reported in Beijing, where a new cluster linked to a wholesale food market has sparked mass testing and neighbourhood lockdowns.
More than eight million people have now been infected with the virus since last year with more than 435,000 deaths and the tolls are still surging in Latin America and South Asia.
Beijing city spokesman Xu Hejian warned that the epidemic situation in the capital is extremely severe, as the number of confirmed infections soared to 106.
Meanwhile, New Zealand reported its first cases in almost a month-two recent arrivals from Britain, prompting authorities to start tracing their movements.
The South Pacific nation had declared last week that it had ended community transmission of the virus.