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16 Mar 2022
China’s COVID-19 Surge Hits Two-Year High as Cases Grow More than Double
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China’s latest outbreak of COVID-19 has hit a two-year high with new cases doubling over the previous day’s figures.
According to The Guardian, the National Health Commission in China announced 3,507 new cases in the country that were locally transmitted. Almost 90% of the new cases have been recorded in Jilin after the government barred its 24.1 million residents from traveling in and out of the province as a precaution.
This comes after China adopted a stringent Zero-COVID policy which had been successful in controlling major transmissions in the country until now. Although the present outbreak is the country’s most severe one since the Wuhan surge in 2020, Lanzhou University has estimated that China will be able to counter the current flare-up by early April when cases are expected to reach 35,000.
The Chinese government has recently announced a series of lockdowns in the affected regions to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, including in Shenzhen — a key hub for retail exporters and home to 17.5 million people which has been causing major global supply chain disruptions.