China’s daily Covid cases hit record high

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Beijing: China’s daily Covid cases hit a record high since beginning of the pandemic, National Health Bureau data showed, as the country works to curb the spread with lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions. China recorded a total of 31,454 domestic cases on Wednesday.

The numbers are relatively small when compared with China’s vast population of 1.4 billion. But under Beijing’s strict zero-Covid policy, even tiny outbreaks can shut down entire cities and place contacts of infected patients into strict quarantine.

Wednesday’s figures exceed the 29,390 infections recorded in mid-April when Shanghai was under lockdown.

Health officials have urged Chaoyang district to remain at home after it became the worst-hit area in the capital’s latest Covid flare-up. Local authorities identified over 1,400 cases in Beijing for Monday with 783 infections detected in Chaoyang alone.

It was the first time that Beijing recorded over 1,000 new cases in a day since the pandemic began in late 2019 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The death toll in Beijing now stands at five.

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