Covid. China imposes new restrictions

China on Saturday reported its highest number of coronavirus cases since May this year and put millions of people across the country under lockdown this weekend under its strict “covid zero” policy.

In total, 450 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country today, most of them asymptomatic, compared to 432 on Friday (15), according to authorities. The increase in cases this week led to the adoption of new restrictions in several regions of the country.

On Wednesday (13), for example, Lanzhou, the capital of the (northwest) Gansu province, ordered its 4.4 million residents to stay at home. A locality in Anhui province (east) has been restricted since Friday.

Earlier this week, authorities imposed a general lockdown on Wugang, a major steel plant in central Henan province, after just one case of COVID-19 was detected.

In Beihai, in southern Guangxi province, authorities announced partial lockdowns in two cities of more than 800,000 residents on Saturday.

“Today, the epidemic prevention and control situation in Beihai City is serious and complex, and the risk of infection in the community is relatively high,” the government said in a note announcing the restrictions.

China is the last major country in the world to pursue the goal of eradicating the epidemic through confinement, long quarantines and mass testing, although the “covid zero” strategy has a strong impact on the economy.


In this second quarter, the country’s economic growth had its worst performance since 2020, mainly due to health restrictions.

The world’s second-largest economy grew 0.4% year-on-year in April-June, after registering 4.8% in the first quarter, according to official data.

© Agence France-Presse


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