China’s COVID-19 epicentre shifts to Guangzhou, more lockdowns loom

A closed restaurant and shops are seen in Guangzhou’s Xiaobei neighborhood, nicknamed “little Africa”, as it starts to recover from a lockdown in April after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Guangdong province, China, Jun 17, 2020. (File photo: REUTERS/David Kirton)

The global industrial powerhouse became China’s latest COVID19 epicentre on Tuesday (Nov. 8), challenging the city’s capacity to prevent a lockdown a la Shanghai as new coronavirus cases soared there and in other Chinese cities, according to government data.
According to China’s health administration, new locally transmitted diseases reached their highest level since May 1 on November 7 at 7,475, up from 5,496 the day before. Nearly a third of the new illnesses originated in Guangzhou.
Although the increase was small by international standards, it was important for China since there, outbreaks are swiftly dealt with when they appear. Greater PCR testing requirements are being implemented in economically important places, notably Beijing, where some neighborhoods and even entire districts are being locked down.

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China has reiterated its unswerving commitment to its longstanding zero-Covid policy, despite mounting public frustration the stringent measures are costing the very lives they’re intended to protect.

The sudden recovery will put China’s capacity to maintain its COVID-19 measures to the test, and it will also cast doubt on investors’ hopes that the world’s second-largest economy will soon be able to reopen its borders or even scale back on its zero-tolerance policy.
On Tuesday, the yuan declined against the dollar and Chinese stocks fell as the growing COVID case load dampened hopes that China will reopen its borders, which have been closed to the majority of travelers, including tourists, since 2020.

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Chinese leaders are considering steps toward reopening after nearly three years of tough pandemic restrictions but are proceeding slowly and have set no timeline, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, reported 2,377 new local cases on November 7, up from 1,971 the day prior. From double-digit rises two weeks earlier, it was a sharp increase.
As the number of cases increased, Hohhot in northern Inner Mongolia was eclipsed as China’s current COVID-19 epicentre, marking the most dangerous COVID-19 epidemic in history, by the huge southern city, known as the “factory floor of the globe.”


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