HONG KONG — China is facing its worst COVID crisis since early 2020, when the world first witnessed an entire population locked down to contain the coronavirus in Wuhan and its surrounding province.
Two years on, it’s now sending tens of millions of people into lockdown in the entire northeastern province of Jilin, where 24 million people live, and the southern cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan, with 17.5 million and 10 million, respectively.
China, the last major country to relentlessly pursue a Covid-zero policy, reported 1,437 cases across dozens of cities on Monday. That’s a fourfold jump in a week.
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— Victoria Garzillo (@mahjonggirl) March 14, 2022
The streets of Shenzhen city are empty except for long lines of people waiting to be tested.
China has placed 17.5 million residents of the tech hub into lockdown for at least a week as the country faces its worst #Covid19 outbreak since Wuhan pic.twitter.com/MDsugihmtj
— Ranju Rastogi (@RanjuRastogi) March 14, 2022
the #omicron #covid variant has reached #china and as it is the most contagious one it spreads much faster than any other and so as long as China doesn't change her policy of zero percent covid large parts of the country are going into lockdown pic.twitter.com/DymNAgScZO
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