Covid-19. In China, the number of cases reaches an all-time high

The daily number of cases of Covid-19 reached a new record in China, announced this Thursday, November 24, 2022 the authorities who are trying to stem the spread of the virus by implementing strict lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions.

The previous record was in April

China listed 31,444 new local cases on Wednesday, of which 27,517 are asymptomatic, the health ministry said.

These new figures are higher than the 29,317 local infections recorded in mid-April, when Shanghai – the world’s third most populous city – was under lockdown and its residents struggled to buy food and access medical care. .

Confinements and strict quarantine

China, with a population of 1.4 billion, is the only major economy in the world still trying to stem the spread of the virus in the country, shutting down entire cities and placing contacts of infected patients under strict quarantine. .

The Chinese capital has experienced in recent days an epidemic outbreak never seen since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. Dozens of residential buildings have been confined and companies are generalizing teleworking.

1,500 cases in Beijing

The city of Beijing announced Wednesday nearly 1,500 new positive cases (the vast majority asymptomatic) for 22 million inhabitants. A level never reached in the capital since the start of the pandemic, but which remains very low according to international criteria.

Schools, restaurants and businesses closed again, fear of being placed in quarantine: a large part of the inhabitants of Beijing are now mentally exhausted by these restrictions, which are often vague and changing, the duration of which is never announced in advance.

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