ISLAMABAD, July 18 (Alliance News) : On Saturday, China reported its highest number of positive coronavirus cases since May, while millions of people are forced to stay in lockdown under the authorities’ strictest policy against the deadly virus.
According to a report by the foreign media, China is the last major economy in the world that has so far met the goal of ending the epidemic using strict lockdowns, long quarantines and mass testing. While the strategy has taken a heavy toll on the economy, China reported 450 local infections on Saturday, up from 432 cases a day earlier.
Most of the positive cases reported were asymptomatic, with new restrictions imposed in parts of the country this week due to a surge in cases.
In Lanzhou, the capital of northwestern Gansu province, 4.4 million people have been ordered to stay at home, while a county in Anhui province has gone into lockdown since Friday.
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Meanwhile, the Beihai region of southern Guangxi also announced a lockdown on Saturday in parts of two districts, home to more than 800,000 people.
The government notice regarding the announcement of restrictions for the prevention of Corona states that currently the situation of prevention and control of the epidemic in Behai city is difficult and complicated, while the risk of asymptomatic transmission of the virus in the community is relatively high.
A 3-day lockdown was announced earlier this week after only one corona positive case was reported in Wugang in central Henan province.
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The fast-spreading ‘omicron’ subtype of the virus has been a major challenge for Chinese authorities as officials try to minimize the economic damage caused by Covid-19 restrictions.
China had its slowest second-quarter growth since the initial outbreak of the coronavirus, with GDP growing just 0.4 percent on an annual basis.