Beijing wants to nip any outbreak of the virus in the bud. Infections are on the rise again. The result is new lockdowns in several metropolises.
In China, increasing corona numbers are resulting in new lockdowns for millions of people. According to the authorities, 2,755 new infections were recorded nationwide on Wednesday despite the “zero corona policy” strictly followed in China. That is more than three times as many cases as ten days ago. The trend of new infections has been steadily upwards in the past few days.
Several metropolises imposed lockdowns on parts of their population. The severely affected southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou sealed off several districts. In the eastern Chinese city of Zhengzhou, too, people were no longer allowed to go outside in parts of the city.
There have also recently been reports of restrictions from the cities of Ningbo, Xining, Nanjing and Inner Mongolia. There are regions in almost all parts of the country that are affected by strict corona measures.
China’s economy is suffering from the fact that Beijing does not want to back away from its policy. The aim of this is to nip any outbreak of the virus in the bud. Numerous megacities in China had repeatedly imposed tough corona measures this year to prevent the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant.
Hopes that the measures could be relaxed after the party congress in October have not been fulfilled. With the start of the cold season, when more infections usually occur, the situation could worsen.
Olaf Scholz visits China
The strict measures in China are also affecting Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s (SPD) visit scheduled for Friday. As a rule, travelers to China must first spend ten days in quarantine. Scholz and his delegation are spared this for their one-day visit. However, the talks are taking place in a closed “bubble” where there will be no contact with the rest of the population.