China’s Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-COVID’ fight

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district Monday because it tries to tamp down a significant COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to current a unfavourable take a look at in the event that they need to go away their houses.

The outbreak is testing China’s try and deliver a extra focused strategy to its zero-COVID insurance policies whereas going through a number of outbreaks pushed by fast-spreading omicron variants. China is the one main nation in the world nonetheless attempting to curb virus transmissions by means of strict lockdown measures and mass testing.

Baiyun district, dwelling to three.7 million individuals in Guangzhou, additionally suspended in-person courses for faculties and sealed off universities. The measures are supposed to final till Friday, town introduced.

Meanwhile in Beijing, the capital reported two extra COVID-19-related deaths. On Sunday, town reported China’s first COVID-19 dying in over six months.

While critics have questioned China’s COVID-19 numbers, and particularly its dying toll, its intensive strategy to attempting to comprise infections has prevented huge outbreaks and stored new every day instances decrease than in many different international locations.

Earlier this month, China introduced that it was enjoyable a few of its ‘”zero-COVID” insurance policies, reminiscent of suspending flights from airways that had introduced a sure variety of passengers who examined optimistic. It additionally lower down the time required in centralized quarantine for worldwide arrivals from seven to 5 days.

The rest of some measures was an try and make the insurance policies extra “scientific and precise,” Lei Haichao, the deputy director of the National Health Commission, stated.

Larger cities are nonetheless holding on to a few of the examined measures, although in a extra fragmented method than shutting down a complete metropolis, which they’d beforehand performed.

Shijiazhuang, a metropolis in northern Hebei province, is testing all residents in six districts. In Beijing’s Haidian district, dwelling to town’s tech hub and prime universities, authorities introduced Sunday night time that in-person courses had been being canceled at elementary and secondary faculties.

Guangdong province, dwelling to Guangzhou, reported the most important variety of new instances Monday with 9,085 out of a complete of 27,095 instances nationwide.


Associated Press information assistant Caroline Chen in Guangzhou, China, contributed to this report.


This story corrects that latest deaths are first in China, not Beijing, and relaxed measures had been introduced earlier this month.

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