China Covid cases rebound as party gears up for key Congress

China is being hit by a recovery in Covid-19 cases after a weeklong National Day holiday, just as the country’s top leaders gathered in Beijing for a meeting with the President. Xi Jinping.
The country recorded 1,645 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the highest total since September 2. While Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang have the most cases, both Beijing and Shanghai have detected cases. outside the quarantine area, indicating that the virus may still be spreading.
While the eight new cases reported in the capital on Saturday were relatively few, any resurgence of the infection will cause headaches for leaders. About 3,000 delegates are gathering in the city to attend twice a decade Conference Starting October 16, it is expected to award Mr. Xi a breakthrough third term. A preparatory meeting of about 370 members and alternate members of central Committee is expected to start today.
Mr. Xi will convene the last party meeting before the Grand Leadership Congress
Beijing has found 10 chains of transmission across eight counties since the latest outbreak began on September 29, a city official said. Center for Disease Prevention said at a news conference on Saturday afternoon.
The surge in Covid cases across the country will shame Mr. Xi, who has maintained a zero-tolerance strategy against the virus – accepting the social and economic costs of rapid lockdowns and centralized quarantines. – to avoid the deaths seen in other parts of the world.


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