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Mainland China’s total daily Covid cases soar above Shanghai lockdown highs

Only a handful of vehicles, including one carrying two medical staff, passed through Beijing’s central business district on November 23, 2022, as the area has announced tighter controls on with Covid.

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BEIJING — Mainland China reported more than 31,000 Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, including asymptomatic cases.

This has surpassed the peak of 29,317 seen in mid-April, during Shanghai’s lockdown, according to CNBC calculations of Wind Information data.

However, the daily number of symptomatic Covid cases remains far below the highs seen in April. Data shows that nearly 90% or more of all Covid infections reported in recent days are asymptomatic.

The southern city of Guangzhou, the capital Beijing and the southwestern municipality of Chongqing are among the hardest hit in the region. latest covid wave.

But nearly all of China’s 31 provincial regions reported new Covid cases, with and without symptoms, every day.

As of the weekend, six Covid-related deaths have been reported as of Wednesday, mainly in Beijing.

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China’s strict Covid control measures have affected sentiment and business operations. National GDP barely increased in the second quarter due to the blockade of Shanghai. As of the end of the third quarter, growth for the year was up just 3% from a year ago — well below the official target of around 5.5% announced in March.

Factories located near Covid outbreaks have managed to stay afloat using what is known as closed-loop management, which often requires employees to be on-site.

Business representatives noted the difficulties in bringing workers from the blockaded residential areas to the factory, while employees who live at production sites for too long often become tired.

In the latest Covid wave, Apple supplier Foxconn’s iPhone factory in Zhengzhou City has attracted attention with videos about New worker unrest is shared on social media. It’s not clear how many of the plant’s approximately 200,000 employees were involved or if there was any impact on production.

Foxconn said on Wednesday that a number of new employees had complained to the company about work allowances, and claimed that contrary to speculation, the new employees would only move to disinfected dormitories.

Separately, Zhengzhou said people living in the central part of the city should not leave their homes for five days starting Friday while authorities conduct mass virus testing.

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China this month cut the quarantine period and announced other measures to try to make Covid control measures more targeted. But authorities have emphasized their Covid-free policy, while there are concerns over whether the public health system can handle the surge in infections.

Targeted Covid measures

The latest Covid controls for the closure of apartment buildings and direct businesses are scattered across parts of China, a country of 1.4 billion people. Fewer measures are publicly announced, while restrictive measures are becoming more and more targeted and can last from just a few days — to weeks or longer.

Shanghai Disneyland, for example, said it plans to reopen on Friday, following a Covid-19 shutdown on October 31.

Meanwhile, despite tighter restrictions in Beijing’s business district, Universal Beijing Resort on the outskirts of the city remains open after a five-day closure that ended on October 31.

— Jihye Lee of CNBC contributed to this report.

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