China: cities tighten quarantine measures due to new outbreaks of COVID-19

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 China: cities tighten quarantine measures due to new outbreaks of COVID-19

Chinese cities from Wuhan in central China to Xining in the northwest are redoubling their efforts to combat COVID-19 by sealing off buildings, locking down neighborhoods and dooming millions of people to disaster position in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus outbreaks.

China on Thursday reported more than 1,000 new COVID cases across the country for the third consecutive day, modest compared to the tens of thousands a day when Shanghai was completely shut down earlier this year, but enough to warrant additional restrictions nationwide.

The number of coronavirus cases in China remains low by global standards, but its over-tight and disruptive containment measures this year of the highly contagious variant of Omicron have hit the world's second-largest economy hard.

Guangzhou, China's fourth-largest city by economic output and the capital of Guangdong province, on Thursday closed many streets and blocks of people in their homes, as these areas were considered high-risk due to the growing incidence of COVID, which has persisted for the fourth week.

The situation in the cities remains unstable. Many public places are closed. Classes in educational institutions have been suspended, entertainment centers and gyms have been closed, mass and cultural events have been cancelled.

As of October 24, 28 cities were implementing various lockdown measures, with about 207.7 million people affected in regions that accounted for about 25.6 trillion yuan ($3.55 trillion) of gross domestic product, according to Nomura. China.

That's the equivalent of almost a quarter of China's economic output in 2021.

Mainland Chinese stocks tumbled on Thursday as outbreaks and dismal data on the industrial sector hit by COVID worsened mood.

Wuhan, site of the world's first COVID-19 outbreak in late 2019, reported 20 to 25 new infections a day this week, prompting local authorities to order more than 800,000 people in one area to stay at home until Sunday.
According to images and social media posts, Wuhan has also suspended the sale of pork in parts of the city after one case of COVID was found, which authorities said was linked to the local pork supply chain.

In Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, food shortages and rising prices for essential goods were reported on social media as the city's health authorities of 2.5 million people sought to contain the surge in COVID-19 following a week-long celebration of China's Independence Day on October 1.

2In order to reduce the risk of transmission and spread of the disease, some vegetable and fruit shops have been closed and quarantined,” — A Xining government official said Wednesday.

Other major cities in China, including Zhengzhou, Datong and Xi'an, have introduced new restrictions this week to curb local outbreaks.

Thematic Beijing's Universal Resort Park was closed on Wednesday after one visitor tested positive for the coronavirus.

China has repeatedly vowed to maintain a zero-tolerance policy for COVID-19 and implement measures that authorities say are necessary to contain the spread of the virus.

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