China’s extreme “no Covid” policy doesn’t seem to be working as, despite the strict measures, 30 million people are still under lockdown amid a surge in Covid cases.
Authorities reported 2,300 new cases of the virus across the country and nearly 3,400 a day earlier, the highest daily number in two years.
Ten cities have so far been embargoed as health officials have warned tighter restrictions may be in place, amid concerns about the rise of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron. .
Strict rules were once again in place in residential areas and offices in some neighborhoods of Shanghai, a city of more than 24 million people, after cases rose to 432.
Police tape, metal gates and rows of community workers in anti-hazmat suits surround shuttered shops and homes in closed parts of the city to stem the spreading Covid-19 outbreak wide.
Among the buildings under lockdown is the country’s tallest building as well as the world’s second tallest, the Shanghai Tower.
Health authorities have decided to lock down the doors of the 128-story building locking workers and visitors inside, who are prohibited from leaving until they test negative for the virus.
“We will cooperate with government agencies and take various measures in accordance with the relevant requirements.
“At the same time, we will also do our best to ensure the living needs of the people staying in the building,” said CBRE Property Management Company in Shanghai Tower.
Meanwhile, another 17 million people in China’s tech hub Shenzhen were also locked up on Sunday after nearby Hong Kong recorded a high daily death toll.
“There have been many small-scale clusters in urban villages and factories,” Shenzhen city official Huang Qiang said at Monday’s briefing.
“This indicates a high risk of community transmission and further precautions are still needed.”
Hong Kong has become the country’s deadliest city with 3152 deaths from the virus in the past two weeks.
The city, with a population of 7.6 million, recorded 285 deaths in a single day on Saturday, currently the highest number in the world.
Jilin province in the northeast of the country recorded more than 1,000 new cases for the second day in a row, and authorities banned people from leaving their cities without police permission.
At least five cities in the province have been closed since early March, including the large Changchun industrial facility, where nine million residents were confined to their homes on Friday.
Health official Lei Zhenglong told state broadcaster CCTV that more than 10,000 infections in the country had been recorded in March so far across dozens of provinces, warning that the situation in many areas “remains unsatisfactory”. developing”.
While the number of cases seems low, it is higher than should be under the country’s “zero Covid” strategy.
Top medical expert Zhang Wenhong said on Monday that China cannot relax its zero-Covid policy despite Omicron’s low mortality rate.
“It is very important for China to continue to adopt the Covid-zero community strategy in the near future,” Zhang wrote on social media.
“But this does not mean that we will permanently adopt a full-fledged testing and locking strategy.”
It comes to China in January forbidden millions of people from the outside come as it is battling one of the worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic.
13 million people living in the northern city of Xi’an have been banned from leaving their homes – even for essential reasons like buying food and Anyone caught driving is at risk of being jailed.
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