September 27, 2022

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Covid: Why is China returning to the "zero square" of the epidemic with a new outbreak of the disease

Covid: Why is China returning to the “zero square” of the epidemic with a new outbreak of the disease

  • Zubaida Abdul Jalil and Annabelle Liang
  • BBC News

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China has recorded a record high of more than 5,000 cases, most of them in Jilin Province

Schools, home offices are closed and packages are sprayed with disinfectant on the doors of the house.

Scenes from two years ago in China, in the most severe period of confinement amid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, were seen again in some of the big cities of the Asian giant.

Millions of people across the country are now facing severe restrictions again as coronavirus cases rise. Among the areas affected by the new measures are some of the country’s major hubs, such as the technology hub of Shenzhen and the megacity of Shanghai.

Large multinational companies have halted operations as China expands into closed areas.