The resurgence of Covid-19 cases in China has prompted authorities to re-impose severe restrictions in some regions. This Friday the confinement of the city of Changchun was announced and Shanghai has closed primary and secondary schools.

The fear of escalating measures for this resurgence has been seen at the Guangzhou fair, where a crowd of people have tried to flee on the run before the enclosure closed with them inside.

According to the Chinese media Huanqiu (Global Times in English), it was detected that a person present at the fair had tested positive for Covid, so the fairgrounds were closed with the attendees inside while waiting to test them and let them go.

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Outbreaks and confinements all over China

In the case of Jilin province, of which Changchun is the capital, 526 local cases of Covid were recorded in the last ten days, in addition to 590 asymptomatic cases, according to the local press. As a result, the city has imposed from this Friday a confinement to the entire population (nine million people), which will undergo three rounds of nucleic acid tests to trace cases and curb the curve.

“With the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and medical institutions, all stores will close, as well as schools and public transportation,” local authorities said. One person per family will be allowed to go outside their homes every two days to shop for basic necessities, and the confinement will remain active until further notice.

In the eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, primary and secondary schools have been closed due to the recent increase in cases of covid in the city, with more than 100 infections in the last few days. Classes will be held online from tomorrow, Saturday, according to local press.

The city authorities blamed the resurgence on an increase in imported cases from abroad, given that Shanghai is one of the main entry points into the country for those arriving from abroad. In the first two months of 2022, the city detected more than a thousand cases imported from abroad, 38% of the total number of such positives nationwide.

Infection statistics soar in China

The latest wave of covid has raised alarm bells in China, with outbreaks in many parts of the country and new infection figures not seen since the outbreak of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan in early 2020.

The National Health Commission announced Friday the detection of 555 new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus positives in mainland China, the highest number of new daily cases since the first half of 2020. This figure is in addition to another 814 asymptomatic cases counted on Friday, which Beijing does not count as confirmed cases.

The total number of active cases in mainland China now stands at 2,450, with 112,940 cases since the start of the pandemic and deaths stable at 4,636 for months.

The Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, avoided clarifying whether China plans to relax the strict measures against covid-19 which have kept his country practically closed to the world for two years now, and maintained that further research on the virus, vaccines and drugs is still needed.

Li said that China will continue to define its response to covid-19 to make it more “scientific and focused” based on the epidemiological situation and new discoveries, and stressed the need to “deepen research on the new coronavirus and strengthen the development of effective vaccines and drugs”.

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