China expands lockdowns as COVID cases hit daily record high | World News

China has tightened its COVID restrictions and lockdowns as daily infection numbers hit record highs.

There were 31,444 new registrations on Wednesday COVID-19 cases – when it exceeded the previous peak in April Shanghai was under a city-wide siege that would last for two months.

It is also the highest daily rate since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city Wuhan At the end of 2019.

The fresh crackdown comes as his zero-covid-19 policy continues to spark protests, including in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Confrontation at the giant Foxconn factory that produces iPhones.

Even the promise of a huge increase in bonuses did not cause employees to leave the site. COVID curbs.

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Protests at the iPhone factory in China

apple said it has staff at the factory and is “working closely with Foxconn to ensure the concerns of its employees are addressed.”

Rarely in open opposition scenes DemonAs the number and severity of epidemics increased, protests flared up across the country.

Authorities in Zhengzhou have announced a five-day lockdown, including mass testing in eight districts, the latest city to revive daily testing for millions of people.

Its 6.6 million residents have been advised to stay at home except for food and medicine.

Beijing residents were informed they must prove they are COVID-negative to enter any public building after the increase in cases.

Officials in the Chinese capital said there was negative evidence coronavirus A test within the previous 48 hours is now required to enter shopping malls, hotels, government buildings and factories.

Restrictions have also been increased in the northern Chinese port city of Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang.

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Angry Chinese car at a COVID protest

Beijing, along with several other cities, pledged to ease strict lockdown restrictions earlier this month.

But with China’s top three COVID-related deaths reported this week in six months – the total has reached 5,232, and cases are still rising, with tougher measures being reimposed.

The country’s COVID-19 workload has remained small by global standards, and some believe strict pandemic restrictions have left the world’s second-largest economy behind and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

But China’s leadership has stuck to its strategy, which includes the strictest restrictions in the world, saying it is necessary to save lives and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed.

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A security guard in protective clothing stands guard at the entrance to a neighborhood in Beijing. Photo: AP

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The strict zero-COVID policy has seen millions of residents locked in their homes, subject to mass testing programs and sudden lockdowns – in areas where positive coronavirus cases or their close contacts have been detected.

In August, authorities tried to stop shoppers from leaving an Ikea store in the Xuhui district Shanghai after a client is found to have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

last month, Shanghai Disney Resort became the latest major venue to close its doors – locking out all visitors and only allowing them to leave a few hours later after testing negative for the virus.

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