Covid-19: China’s long lockdowns struggle to contain growing outbreaks

BEIJING: Some of China’s most persistent virus hotspots have been locked down for weeks, and in some cases months, showing the country’s limits to contention Covid Zero policy.
Xinjiang The number of new cases was the fourth-highest nationally on Monday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, although some cities in the region in the northwest of China have been locked down for 90 days, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. . Inner Mongoliawhich went into lockdown in early October, has seen cases rise to nearly 1,800 from 1,033 a day earlier, while the number of infections in Henan province more than doubled in a single day to 747.
Guangdong province has the largest outbreak today, which is the main driver of China’s new infections increasing to 7,323 new infections, the highest number since April 30. Most of the cases are in the northern capital. south of Guangzhou, where 2,377 cases have been reported and have been targeted. virus containment approach to date.
While entertainment venues and restaurants closed in most of the city, only one district, Haizhu, was closed. That’s where most of the cases were found and the stay-at-home order was extended on Monday night.
Restrictions continue to be imposed at various levels in other Chinese cities, with Shanghai repeatedly locking down apartment blocks and residential areas where cases and close contacts were detected. since the citywide lockdown ended earlier this year.
The outbreaks show the strain China’s Covid Zero strategy is facing, with harsh lockdowns and continued mass testing failing to bring them under control quickly. Health officials over the weekend reaffirmed the country’s unwavering commitment to the policy, even if it hurts the economy, hoping that authorities will move forward soon relax some of their strictest regulations.


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