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China’s Covid epicentre shifts to Guangzhou, more lockdowns loom


BEIJING: New coronavirus cases on the rise Guangzhou and other Chinese cities, official data showed on Tuesday, with the global manufacturing hub becoming China’s latest Covid1-9 epicenter and testing the city’s ability to avoid lockdowns. Shanghai style.
According to Chinese health authorities, nationwide, the number of new locally transmitted infections increased to 7,475 on November 7, up from 5,496 days earlier and the highest since May 1. Guangzhou accounted for nearly a third of new infections.
The increase is modest by global standards but has significant implications for China, where outbreaks are quickly resolved as they emerge. Economically important cities, including the capital Beijing, are requiring more PCR tests on residents and locking down residential areas and even districts in some cases.
Strong rally will test holding ability Covid surgical measurement and targeting, while challenging investors’ expectations that the world’s second-largest economy could soon reopen borders or even retreat from a zero-tolerance approach .
The yuan weakened against the dollar and Chinese stocks tumbled on Tuesday as rising Covid cases eroded optimism about China reopening its borders, closed to most visitors. including tourists as of 2020.
Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, reported 2,377 new local cases on November 7, up from 1,971 cases the day before. That’s a significant jump from the double-digit gain two weeks ago.
As the number of cases has increased, the vast southern city, dubbed the “world’s factory”, has surpassed Hohhot city in northern Inner Mongolia to become China’s current Covid epicenter, in The most severe outbreak ever.
Many districts of Guangzhou, including the center Haizhu, has imposed varying degrees of curbs and door locks. So far, however, Guangzhou has resisted a bedding shutdown like Shanghai’s earlier this year.
Shanghai, currently not facing a Covid resurgence, went into shutdown in April and May after reporting thousands of new infections daily in the last week of March.
“We have been working from home for the past few days,” said Aaron Xu, who runs a company in Guangzhou.
“So far, only a few compounds have been locked down. Most of us are seeing disruptions in the form of suspended public transit services and complex security that impedes transportation and traffic. food. And we have to do PCR tests every day.”
Other Cities
Elsewhere in Guangdong province, the country’s largest air show opened on Tuesday in Zhuhai, with a number of attendees and delegates unexpectedly blocked from the event due to Covid-19 measures. the context of increased incidents in the coastal city.
Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, the center and main production base for Apple supplier Foxconn, reported 733 new cases locally on November 7, more than double the previous one. days earlier.
In Beijing, authorities detected 64 new infections locally, a small increase from Guangzhou and Zhengzhou, but enough to trigger a new round of PCR testing for many of its residents. and lock the doors of more buildings and neighborhoods.
“The lockdown situation has continued to deteriorate rapidly across the country over the past week, with our internal China Covid lockdown index rising to 12.2% of China’s total GDP from 9.5% on Wednesday.” Two weeks ago,” Nomura wrote in a note Monday.
“We continue to believe that, while Beijing may tweak some of its Covid measures in the coming weeks, those fine-tuning measures could be more than offset by local officials tightening zero-Covid strategy.”
In the southwestern city of Chongqing, the city reported 281 new local cases, more than double from 120 cases a day earlier.
Chongqing officials have placed new curbs on areas in at least four districts, closing some karaoke bars, discos and entertainment venues, in a situation that a local official described as “” complex and serious”.
In the coal-producing region of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot City reported 1,760 new local cases for November 7, a trend higher than 1,013 a day earlier.

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