With over 30,000 cases, China’s daily Covid tally at record high: report

With over 30,000 cases, China’s daily Covid tally at record high: report

Wednesday’s figures exceed the 29,390 infections recorded in mid-April.

Beijing:

China’s daily Covid cases have hit a record high since the start of the pandemic, official data showed on Thursday, as the country works to contain the spread with a snap lockdown, mass testing and travel restrictions.

China reported 31,454 domestic cases on Wednesday – 27,517 without symptoms, the National Health Bureau said.

This number is relatively small compared to China’s vast population of 1.4 billion.

But under Beijing’s strict zero-Covid policy, even small outbreaks can shut down entire cities and put contacts of infected patients under strict quarantine.

The unrelenting policy has fueled fatigue and resentment among swathes of the population as the pandemic nears its third year, sparking sporadic protests and affecting productivity in the world’s second-largest economy.

Wednesday’s figures exceed the 29,390 infections recorded in mid-April, when megacity Shanghai was under lockdown, leaving residents struggling to buy food and access medical care.

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