China’s daily Covid cases today rose to their highest level since the Wuhan outbreak began two years ago.
Beijing officials logged 526 infections over the last 24 hours, including 312 that were asymptomatic — did not display any symptoms.
Outbreaks are emerging in dozens of cities including the financial centre Shanghai, the northern port city of Qingdao and the southern city of Dongguan among others.
No data on Covid deaths and hospitalisations was published.
China is the last major country sticking to the brutal ‘zero Covid’ strategy, which sees lockdowns and mass testing imposed when the virus is detected.
It is struggling to keep a lid on the more transmissible Omicron variant, after a study suggested the nation’s home-made vaccine offers virtually no protection against the strain.
Suzhou, a city of 6.7million next to Shanghai, is currently under lockdown, alongside Baise, a city of 3.6million near the border with Vietnam.
Beijing has repeatedly been accused of fudging its Covid data during the pandemic to make outbreaks appear less severe.
In neighbouring Hong Kong, escalating Covid cases are now seeing hospitals and quarantine centres being overwhelmed. Its deaths from the virus are also spiralling, with 233 recorded yesterday compared to 82 just a week ago.
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Source: Daily Mail