China tightens COVID curbs as cases rise

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China has reported another record high for daily COVID-19 infections as cities across the country apply measures and curbs to control outbreaks.

Thursday’s new local COVID-19 infections set a daily record for a second straight day, beating a figure set in mid-April, when Shanghai’s shopping mall was crippled by a citywide lockdown. of its 25 million inhabitants which lasted two months.

Excluding imported infections, China reported 32,943 new local cases on Thursday, including 3,103 symptomatic and 29,840 asymptomatic, compared to 31,444 the day before.

Major outbreaks are numerous and widespread, with the southern city of Guangzhou and southwestern Chongqing recording the bulk, although hundreds of new infections have been reported daily in cities including Chengdu, Jinan, Lanzhou, Xian and Wuhan. .

Cases quadrupled in Shijiazhuang to 3,197 on Thursday from the previous day.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, reported 424 symptomatic and 1,436 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 509 symptomatic cases and 1,139 asymptomatic cases the day before, according to local government data.

The Shanghai financial center reported nine symptomatic cases and 77 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with nine symptomatic cases and 58 asymptomatic cases the day before, the local health authority reported.

Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million, reported 257 new locally transmitted symptomatic and 7,267 asymptomatic cases yesterday, compared with 428 symptomatic cases and 7,192 asymptomatic cases the day before, local authorities said.

Chongqing reported 258 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 6,242 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 409 symptomatic cases and 7,437 asymptomatic cases the day before, local government authorities said.

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