Covid – China: schools closed, calls for containment… the epidemic rebound hits Beijing hard

Students in several districts of Beijing were forced to attend school at home on Monday, the authorities having called on residents to stay at home in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 contaminations which affects the Chinese capital and other cities. from the country.

The revival of contamination stretches from the city of Zhengzhou in the central province of Henan to Chongqing in southwest China. Authorities identified on Sunday 26,824 new cases premises, a level close to the pandemic peak of last April.

They also announced two deaths in beijingagainst a census on Saturday, which was the first announced since the end of May.

Very affected by the resurgence of the epidemic, the city of Guangzhou, where nearly 19 million inhabitants reside, has established a five-day confinement in Baiyun, its most populous district. It also suspended catering services and closed nightclubs and theaters in the main business district.

In Beijing, 962 new infections were recorded on Sunday, against 621 the day before. Chaoyang County, home to 3.5 million people, urged residents to stay home and home school.

Some schools in Haidian, Dongcheng and Xicheng counties have also halted face-to-face classes.

Easing undermined

This latest wave of COVID-19 infections undermines China’s recent relaxation of its “zero-COVID“, an adjustment that allowed cities to adopt more targeted and less restrictive measures in order to less penalize the economy.

Last week, several Chinese cities began scrapping routine COVID-19 testing, including the northern city of Shijiazhuang, seen as a possible model for easing the “zero-COVID” policy. “.

Massive screening tests

But on Sunday evening, authorities in Shijiazhuang announced that they would conduct massive screening tests in six of the city’s eight districts for the next five days after registering 641 new cases daily. They also encouraged residents to shop online and ordered some schools to suspend face-to-face classes.

China’s efforts to better target its health response to COVID-19 had raised investors’ hopes of further easing despite the approach of winter.

Stock markets and oil prices were trending lower on Monday as traders feared the economic impact of this latest wave of COVID-19 in China.

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