Nearly 30 million people were trapped in China On Tuesday (15), after the country recorded the largest outbreak of Covid-19 in two years. The government has forced people to get tested on a scale not seen since the start of the pandemic.
The country recorded 5,280 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the first wave of the pandemic in early 2020, according to data from the National Health Commission (CNS).
Despite being the largest record for China Since 2020, compared to other countries, the number of cases of 5,280 is relatively low.
Average new cases in the past seven days in Brazil: 45,087 per day -A China Record the equivalent of 11% of this figure.
The numbers are small compared to other countries, but China Adopt the “Covid Zero” strategy, and even the smallest outbreak is facing drastic measures.
at most 13 cities face total closure and many have adopted partial closures.
With these restrictions, the country was able to contain infections after the first wave of the disease at the end of 2019 in the city of Wuhan, but it recently faced several outbreaks linked to the Omicron variant.
A police officer in Manzhouli, China, on March 15, 2022 – Photo: AFP
This Tuesday is the sixth consecutive day that the number of daily cases exceeds a thousand injuries.
The hardest hit was Jilin Province, in the northeast, with 3,000 more cases recorded on Tuesday. The provincial capital, Changchum, with a population of 9 million, is in complete lockdown.
State media reported that the governor of Jilin promised to do everything in his power to “reach a zero-Covid society within a week”.
Shenzhen, with a population of 17 million and located near Hong Kong, is also confined.
The measures caused the closure of several factories in the city, including the Taiwanese giant Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple.
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange fell 6.20% on Tuesday, while the Shanghai Stock Exchange closed down 4.95%.
Dozens of domestic flights have been canceled from Beijing and Shanghai airports.
“The recent Covid-19 outbreak and new restrictions, particularly the confinement in Shenzhen, will impact consumption and cause short-term supply disruptions,” Tommy Wu of Oxford Economics said in a statement.
With that, he added, it would be a challenge to China Achieve the official economic growth target of 5.5% for this year.
Chinese physician Zhang Wenhong mentioned the possibility of relaxing the “Covid zero” strategy in the face of the omicron variant, but acknowledged that in the short term it would be impossible to facilitate large-scale testing and detention.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, it has been China It has recorded nearly 120,000 cases of coronavirus and 4,636 deaths. The last fatal victim of the disease was officially registered in early 2021.
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