Covid-19 cases rise again in China, cities halt non-essential businesses, begin mass testing

SHANGHAI: Mainland China reported more than 1,500 new local COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the highest since the initial nationwide outbreak in early 2020, as Omicron’s edition announced cities across the country with more stringent measures. inspires.

China’s 588 daily cases were far lower than those of many other countries, but rising numbers could complicate Beijing’s “dynamic-evacuation” ambition to suppress the contagion as quickly as possible.

Of the daily total, 476 were locally transmitted, the National Health Commission said, with five people initially classified as asymptomatic, who later developed symptoms.

The country has 1,048. Reported domestically transmitted asymptomatic infectionWhich China does not classify as confirmed cases, for Friday, the health authority said, up from 703 a day earlier.

Many cities have taken measures such as canceling group events, introducing rounds of mass testing and cutting back on face-to-face classes at school.

The northeastern province of Jilin, one of the worst-hit regions, said it had sacked the mayor of Jilin city and a district chief in the capital, Changchun.

Changchun has ordered all essential businesses to cease operations and banned its 9 million residents from leaving their residential complexes for non-essential reasons. Similar measures have been implemented in the urban areas of Jilin city.

In Shanghai’s financial hub, the Disneyland resort said it would reduce its guest capacity and that from Sunday visitors would be required to submit negative nucleic acid test results within 24 hours.

The venue of the Canton Fair, China’s oldest and largest trade fair, has been temporarily closed after a suspected case was recently confirmed, local authorities in Guangzhou said.

A meeting convened by a government task force that coordinates China’s COVID-19 response said on Friday that all areas need to tighten containment and control measures and treat it as their top political task.

State broadcaster CCTV said, “The difficult consequences of prevention and control must not be let go in vain.” “Don’t relax, hold firmly to the bottom line that there may not be a massive rebound of the pandemic.”

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