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LThe number of daily Covid cases in China has hit a new record as they work to contain the spread of the virus through strict lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions, officials said on Thursday.
China reported 31,444 new local cases on Wednesday, of which 27,517 were asymptomatic, the health ministry said. The new figures are higher than the 29,317 local infections recorded in mid-April as the world’s third most populous city, Shanghai, was locked down and residents struggled to buy food and access medical care.
China, the world’s only major economy with a population of 1.4 billion, is still trying to contain the spread of the virus in the country, shutting down entire cities and placing contacts of infected patients under strict quarantine.
The Chinese capital has experienced an epidemic outbreak in recent days that has not been seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dozens of residential buildings are restricted and companies are generalizing telework.
The city of Beijing on Wednesday reported nearly 1,500 new positive cases (mostly asymptomatic) for a population of 22 million. A level that has not been reached in the capital since the outbreak began, but it remains very low by international standards.
Schools, restaurants and businesses closed again, fear of isolation: Most Beijing residents are now mentally exhausted by these restrictions, which are often vague and ever-changing, the duration of which is never announced in advance.
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