China orders lockdown in Zhengzhou after violent protests

A Chinese citizen is tested for Covid-19 at a health post in Shanghai on 11.01.2022.

Photo: ALY SONG/REUTERS/Deutsche Welle

Authorities in the Chinese town of Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone phone factory, they ordered to confine several districts of this city in the midst of an outbreak of Covid-19 which has triggered panic and violent protests, the local government reported on Wednesday night (11.23.2022).

Residents of central Zhengzhou should not leave their homes “unless necessary”the government indicated. In addition, they cannot leave the area if they do not present a negative covid test and obtain permission from the authorities.

China had imposed a lockdown on some 600,000 people in the area around the iPhone factory in early November, after dozens of workers fled a coronavirus outbreak at the plant and fear of restrictions.

China reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases on Wednesday since the pandemic began almost three years ago, according to official data.

Excluding imported cases, the number of new local cases was 31,444 on November 23, of which 3,927 were symptomatic and 27,517 asymptomatic, health authorities said Thursday.

This figure surpassed the previous record, set on April 13, when on April 13, when local cases reached 29,317.

There was one death, up from none the day before, bringing the death toll to 5,232. As of November 23, mainland China had confirmed 297,516 cases of Covid-19 with symptoms.

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