China blocks millions of COVID cases from rising before winter, as China Locks Down Millions
The controversial ‘zero COVID” policy is under pressure as the number of cases exceeds 2,000 for the second consecutive day.
Chinese officials in Chinese cities and provincial governments across the country are stepping up to stop sporadic COVID-19 epidemics as winter approaches. They quickly close venues and place temporary lockdowns on millions more people.
On Sunday, 2,898 cases in mainland China topped 2,000, pushing the country’s controversial zero COVID policy which has hampered the economy and frustrated its citizens.
Guangdong province’s manufacturing center Guangzhou has been hit by a series of cases that have forced the closure of some districts. The worst affected were Haizhu’s 1.8million residents, which is about 10% of Guangzhou’s population.
The total number of cases in Guangzhou increased to 1,110 between October 24-30, from 402 during the previous seven days. A major lockdown could cause panic in the city, reminiscent of the two-month-long lockdown Shanghai endured a few months back.
Shanghai Disney Resort announced Monday that it had closed its entire resort effective October 31st due to COVID preventive measures.
Authorities raced to address rising cases in Datong and Xining in Nanjing, Xian in Xian, Xian in Xian, and Wuhan over the past week. Some neighborhoods were forced into temporary lockdown.
Lu Dongliang was the secretary of the Municipal Party Committee of Datong. He rushed back from last week’s party congress to see the “dire” situation in the city of more than one million.
Datong recorded 288 cases between October 27 and 30 and has imposed stricter management and isolation of hotels, key industries, and its railway. Local media reports that some officials were punished for not following COVID rules.
As winter draws near, northern cities, especially those that are close to international borders, see higher numbers of cases and may face new curbs.
According to local media reports, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang provincial, extended a temporary lockdown to some areas. Suihua and Dandong – which are located near the Russian, North Korean, and Myanmar borders respectively – are currently experiencing outbreaks.
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