Despite strict containment measures, the number of corona cases in China has risen to the highest value of the year. The Beijing Health Commission reported 31,444 new infections nationwide on Thursday. This surpassed the previous high from spring.
Along with the number of infections, which has been increasing for weeks, there have recently been more and more restrictions on everyday life in Chinese cities. The government had recently adjusted some corona rules and, among other things, reduced the duration of the quarantine when entering China from ten to eight days. But there can be no question of a lasting relaxation.
Public criticism is increasing
Criticism of the management's corona policy is also increasing among the population. Serious clashes broke out between workers at Apple supplier Foxconn and security forces in the city of Zhengzhou on Wednesday. The workers protested the poor conditions at the plant, which has been in a corona lockdown for weeks.
While the rest of the world tries to live with the virus, China continues to pursue a strict zero-Covid strategy with lockdowns, mass daily testing, strict controls, contact tracing, and enforced quarantine.