China's Covid cases hit record high, catching Beijing off guard

The country's economy is still being severely impacted by the programme, which is also drastically altering lives in many Chinese cities.

China's Covid cases hit record high, catching Beijing off guard
COVID-19 testing tent at Haidian Hospital

The National Health Commission said on Saturday that China had reported 35,183 new cases of Covid-19 infections, of which 3,474 people had symptoms and 31,709 did not. This was a new high for a third day in a row.
A day before, the nation had counted 32,943 new cases: 3,103 symptomatic and 29,840 asymptomatic infections. The number of fatalities remained at 5,232 despite the fact that there were no connected deaths reported as opposed to one the day before.

As the city government ordered the quicker construction of COVID-19 quarantine centres and field hospitals, residents of some areas of Beijing were systematically emptying supermarket shelves and flooding delivery apps. The majority of Beijing's citizens have already been warned to stay inside their enclosures, some of which are fenced in.

China's strict "zero-Covid" policy, which calls for lockdowns, massive testing, and quarantines for everyone suspected of having come into contact with the virus, has been frequently pushed upon by officials in recent days.
The country's economy is still being severely impacted by the programme, which is also drastically altering lives in many Chinese cities.

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