The National Health Commission registered more than 24,000 new local positive cases in 24 hours in the country, the vast majority asymptomatic
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The Chinese regime announced the first official death from COVID-19 since late May . (REUTERS)
China announced this Sunday its first death of covid-19 since May, an 87-year-old man in Beijing, where the < b>increase in infections progressively triggered closures of establishments and shops.
The National Health Commission announced more than 24,000 new local positive cases in 24 hours in the country, the vast majority asymptomatic< /b>.
The large manufacturing province of Guangdong (south), where the metropolises of Guangdong and Shenzhen meet, is by far the largest hardest hit.
Beijing, heavily watched by power and the media, reported 621 new cases. Part of the population is confined to their homesand another was sent to quarantine centers.
But unlike previous outbreaks, authorities appear to want to avoid imposing restrictions for now< /b> generalized to a population that shows growing fatigue in the face of anti-covid measures.
Large shopping centers in Beijing announced their closure on Sunday. Others reduced their opening hours or prohibited table service at their restaurants.
In fact, many restaurants can no longer accommodate customers inside, although delivery is still allowed.
Beijing, closely watched by power and the media, reported 621 new cases. Part of the population is confined to their homes and another was sent to quarantine centers. (REUTERS)
The man who died in the capital presented a picture of benign covid, but the situation worsened due to a bacterial infection, according to television public CCTV. This is the first official death from covid since the end of May.
Numerous office buildings in the Chaoyang district, headquarters of businesses and embassies, on Sunday called on companies to switch to teleworking.
The French high school in Beijing announced to the parents of the students that it would also received instructions to go “to distance education”, in an email seen by AFP. The situation is similar in other establishments.
Parks, sports venues and gyms also closed.
Authorities called on Saturday to avoid “non-imperative” travel between different districts of Beijing to contain the spread of the virus.
The Guangdong metropolis, which announced more than 8,000 new positive cases, began on Sunday to test the entire population of the central district of Haizhu, where around 1.8 million people live.
The authorities asked on Saturday to avoid “non-imperative” displacements between the different districts of Beijing to contain the spread of the virus. (REUTERS)
China announced on November 11 a relaxation of its zero covid strategy with measures such as reducing quarantines, especially for travelers from abroad.
But the return to normality seems far away with lockdowns, quarantines and screenings still being applied on a large scale.
China, which applies a severe “zero tolerance” policy towards the new coronavirus, has suffered waves of outbreaks in recent months attributed to the omicron variant that have caused record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic in the first half of 2020.
The National Health Commission also detailed that, until Last local midnight, 1,146 patients were discharged after successfully overcoming covid.
According to the institution's accounts, since the start of the pandemic, 286,197 people have been infected in the country and 5,227 died, although the total number of infected excludes those who are asymptomatic.
(With information from AFP and EFE)< /i>