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China’s daily COVID-19 cases hit record high–health bureau

/ 12:54 PM November 24, 2022
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People wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) walk along a street in Beijing on November 23, 2022, amid a lockdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions. AFP

BEIJING — China’s daily Covid cases have hit a record high since the beginning of the pandemic, official data showed Thursday, as the country works to curb the spread with snap lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions.

China recorded a total of 31,444 domestic cases Wednesday, of which 27,517 were asymptomatic, the National Health Bureau said.

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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.

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The unrelenting policy has caused fatigue and resentment among swathes of the population as the pandemic nears its third year, sparking sporadic protests and hitting productivity in the world’s second-largest economy.

Wednesday’s figures exceed the 29,317 domestic infections recorded in mid-April when megacity Shanghai was under lockdown, with residents struggling to buy food and access medical care.

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