On Wednesday, China recorded the highest number of new infections with the sars-cov-2 virus in one day since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, according to official Beijing data published today.
On Wednesday, China recorded 31,444 new local cases of coronavirus infection, of which 27,517 were asymptomatic. With this, they surpassed the previous record, when 29,317 new infections were counted in one day in mid-April, foreign press agencies report. A few days ago, the first deaths due to covid-19 in the last six months were also confirmed in China.
Given that China has a population of 1.4 billion, these are relatively low numbers, but too high for Beijing, which, unlike most of the rest of the world, insists on a policy of zero tolerance towards covid-19.
Due to much smaller outbreaks of this disease, strict lockdowns, mass testing and quarantines have affected millions of people in China. After almost three years of the pandemic, some Chinese are increasingly fed up and angry, and the Chinese economy is also feeling the consequences. Recently, therefore, there have been sporadic protests.
Containment measures are currently being tightened in almost all major Chinese cities. According to the German news agency dpa, Beijing resembles a ghost town, schools, kindergartens and shops are closed. More and more housing estates are completely closed. In the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, a total lockdown is in place for several districts. In Shanghai, according to the new rules, visitors are not allowed to enter restaurants and shops for five days after arriving in the city. In Chongqing, some 30 million residents are only allowed to travel in emergencies and with a negative test.
Starting at midnight local time (5 p.m. today CET), the five-day lockdown will also apply to millions of people in eight districts of Zhengzhou city.