South Asia and Beyond

Covid Surge In China; 28 Million People Under Lockdown

The Coronavirus is back with a vengeance in China. Over 100 cases have been recorded, the highest daily rise in over five months. And that’s official in a country notorious for revealing less and concealing more, as was the case when it put out its first Covid infection a year ago.

The National Health Commission said 115 new cases were reported in the mainland compared with 55 a day earlier. Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing, saw 90 cases while Heilongjiang province reported 16 new cases. The surge comes ahead of Thursday’s visit by a team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to Wuhan to probe the origin of the Coronavirus. Nobody expects any big bang revelation though.

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Over 28 million people in four cities—Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang of Hebei province and Suihua of Heilongjiang province —remain under strict lockdown. Tieli, a city bordering Suihua, has said it won’t allow movement of people or vehicles for three days. Testing has been ramped up in Beijing.