The recent relaxation in Covid controls in China comes at a heavy price as the largest Covid wave ever reported takes shape.
China’s state controlled newspaper, the Global Times, is reporting over 31,000 new infections in the country on 24th November 2022:
Channel New Asia is reporting a serious Covid outbreak in Zhenghzhou, home of the FoxConn iPhone factory:
A central Chinese city home to a vast iPhone factory has ordered an effective COVID-19 lockdown for several districts, after violent protests that saw demonstrators clash with police erupted at the facility.
Residents of Zhenghzhou’s city centre cannot leave the area unless they have a negative COVID-19 test and permission from authorities, and are advised not to leave their homes “unless necessary”, the local government said.
China’s capital, Beijing, has been particularly hard hit in this wave:
Sky News are claiming that Beijing is essentially in lockdown
In Beijing, business after business is bolted shut. The authorities won’t use the word, but this city is essentially in lockdown.
In a number of districts across the capital, all non-essential shops are shut, restaurants and cafes are open for takeaway only and people are being asked to work from home.
Science magazine are reporting that the new outbreak in Beijing could be linked to a wholesale food market:
Source of Beijing’s big new COVID-19 outbreak is still a mystery. New cases are linked to a wholesale food market but it’s not clear how the virus got there.
Al Jazeera are also reporting the new lockdowns across China:
Beijing shuts parks, Shanghai tightens entry as COVID cases spike
China’s capital closes more public venues, and Shanghai to impose strict entry rules from Thursday.
China has seen a plethora of both variants according to Raj Rajnarayanan’s variant dashboard.
It seems that China’s long run of luck in keeping the coronavirus at bay may be coming to an end. That’s not good news for the rest of the world.