China has reported its highest daily Covid caseload in six months Monday, despite grinding lockdowns that have heavily disrupted manufacturing, education and day-to-day life.
The country logged more than 5,600 new cases, almost half in Guangdong province, a southern manufacturing hub home to major ports.
The capital, Beijing over the weekend quashed hopes that its strict zero-Covid policy, in which spot lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing are employed to quash outbreaks, might be relaxed anytime soon.
Almost 60 new infections were discovered, causing school closures in the populous downtown district of Chaoyang. Some companies also asked their staff to work from home temporarily.
This was despite city authorities saying Monday that recent “successive outbreaks” had “basically been effectively controlled”, after daily new cases reached dozens in the past week.
In central China, a gruelling lockdown at the world’s biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou led Apple Sunday to warn that production had been “temporarily impacted” and that customers would experience delays in receiving their orders.
But a number of high-profile incidents have chipped away at the Chinese public’s support for the approach.
China’s National Health Commission vowed Saturday to “unswervingly” stick to zero-Covid, dashing a major stock market rally last week on the back of unsubstantiated rumours that Beijing would imminently loosen its strict virus policy.