The authorities also ordered the carrying out of daily mass testing of Covid-19in what the city government called a “war of annihilation” against the virus.
Increase in Covid-19 cases in China
In the last 24 hours, the number of infections increased by 31,444The Beijing-based National Health Commission said, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
That is the highest daily number since the pandemic was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
Although the number of cases and deaths is relatively low compared to the United States and other countries, China continues to apply a “Covid zero” strategy which aims to isolate each case and eliminate the virus completely. In fact, although most other governments ended virus checks, now they bet on vaccines and herd immunity to help prevent death and serious illness.
Businesses and residential complexes from the manufacturing hub of Guangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north are affected by various forms of lockdown, particularly affecting migrant workers.
Some Chinese expressed on social media their frustration and confusion at apparent policy changes.
While the country’s borders remain largely closed, The Government was “optimizing and facilitating the exit and entry process for executives and specialized personnel of multinational companies and foreign companies and their families in China”Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a daily press conference.
Mao said various health protocols will continue to be improved “according to specific principles and based on science” to help facilitate travel and cooperation and exchanges with other countries.