China locks down major transportation hub as it grapples with largest Covid outbreak since April

With more than 28,000 new infections reported on Tuesday, China locked down a major transport hub in the south, as the country grapples with its biggest Covid outbreak since April.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,Updated: Nov 22, 2022 13:32 IST

China locks down major transport hub as Covid cases rise, 3 dead

Residents walk past epidemic prevention workers in protective suits in a locked-down residential compound in Beijing. (Photo: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: China has shut down a major transport hub in the south, as the country grapples with its biggest Covid outbreak since April. More than 28,000 new infections have been reported nationwide – near a record high since the pandemic began.

Guangdong province and Chongqing city have reported 16,000 and 6,300 cases, respectively. New cases in Beijing have also jumped in recent days, more than doubling from 621 on Sunday to 1,438 on Tuesday – an epidemic record for the city. The country recorded around 24,215 new infections on Monday.

As Covid cases rise, China reintroduces controls. Three elderly Beijing residents with underlying diseases died from Covid over the weekend, authorities said, marking China’s first Covid death since May, AFP reported.

Many tourist attractions, gyms and parks have been closed, large-scale events such as concerts have been cancelled. Over the weekend, authorities advised residents to stay home and not travel within the district.

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Shijiazhuang, which had earlier canceled mass testing, began a partial lockdown on Monday after cases surged.

Guangzhou, one of China’s largest cities with about 19 million residents, imposed a five-day lockdown in Baiyun District, home to one of the country’s busiest airports. Baiyun is the most populous district in Guangzhou, home to 3.7 million people.

Schools will be closed, public transport services suspended and residents advised to stay at home, according to a statement issued by the Baiyun district government.

Meanwhile, Asian markets and oil prices fell on Monday as investors worried about the possibility of China re-tightening Covid rules. The Hang Seng (HSI) index slid as much as 3.4% in the morning. It decreased by 1.9%. Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4%, reported by CNN.

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