Lockdown in China, as Coronavirus Cases rise




Numbers of cities across China,  Wuhan inclusive where the coronavirus was first recorded, have gone into lockdown – as the country pursues leader Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy.

More than 800,000 people in one district in Wuhan were told to stay at home until 30 October.

We feel numb to it all. We feel more and more numb,” one local told Reuters.

The city of Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone manufacturing plant, was also affected.

It comes as China reported a third straight day of more than 1,000 cases.

CNN News report that, earlier this month Mr Xi signalled that there would be no easing up of the zero-Covid policy, calling it a “people’s war to stop the spread of the virus”.

As of Oct 24, some 28 cities across the country were implementing some degree of lockdown measures, analysts Nomura told news agency Reuters – with around 207 million people affected in regions responsible for almost a quarter of China’s GDP, it added.

Across the country, around 200 lockdowns have been implemented in recent days – the majority of this affecting communities that have been marked as high or medium risk. Residents in different areas are subject to different rules, depending on whether they are in a low, medium or high-risk zone.

Wuhan reported up to 25 new infections a day this week, with more than 200 cases over the past two weeks.

In Zhengzhou, a “small number of employees” from Foxconn – a major manufacturer for Apple – have been “affected by the pandemic”, the manufacturer told the BBC, adding that quarantined employees were being provided with “material supplies, psychological comfort and responsive feedback”. It comes at a critical period for Apple – which is now making the new iPhone 14.

Earlier this week, in-person schooling and dining in at restaurants were suspended in the southern Chinese hub of Guangzhou – which on Thursday reported 19 new virus cases, Some neighbourhoods in the city also remain subject to various control measures.

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