China reports more than 20,000 infections a day for the first time

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China reported more than 20,000 CoV infections yesterday – a new high since the pandemic began two years ago. The National Health Commission said there were 20,472 infections but “no new deaths.” It also said most cases were asymptomatic.

According to city officials, the main focus is the economic metropolis of Shanghai, which accounted for more than 80 percent of the nationwide cases.

Metropolis gradually sealed off

The metropolis of 25 million inhabitants was gradually sealed off last week. This had led to panic buying in the city, and residents complained about the lack of fresh food.

Reports of babies testing positive being separated from their parents sparked fear among families. Meanwhile, state broadcaster CCTV reported that the city would launch a new round of testing for the entire population.

China is among the last countries to adhere to a zero-covid policy. However, the lockdowns have come at a price: analysts have revised their economic growth forecasts for China as factories have been closed due to the measures, and millions cannot leave their homes.

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picutre: pixabay.com

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