China recorded 31,454 domestic cases -- 27,517 without symptoms -- on Wednesday, the National Health Bureau said Photo: AFP
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China's daily COVID cases highest since pandemic began

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China's daily COVID cases have climbed to the highest since the pandemic began, official data showed Thursday, despite the government persisting with a zero-tolerance approach involving grueling lockdowns and travel restrictions.

The numbers are relatively small when compared with China's vast population of 1.4 billion and the caseloads seen in Western countries at the height of the pandemic.

But under Beijing's strict zero-COVID policy, even small outbreaks can shut down entire cities and place contacts of infected patients into strict quarantine.

The country recorded 31,454 domestic cases -- 27,517 without symptoms -- on Wednesday, the National Health Bureau said.

The unrelenting zero-COVID push has caused fatigue and resentment among swathes of the population as the pandemic's third anniversary approaches, sparking sporadic protests and hitting productivity in the world's second-largest economy.

On Wednesday, violent protests erupted at Foxconn's vast iPhone factory in central China, with video showing dozens of hazmat-clad personnel wielding batons and chasing employees.

The latest figures exceed the 29,390 infections recorded in mid-April when megacity Shanghai was under lockdown, with residents struggling to buy food and access medical care.

Several cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing have tightened COVID restrictions as cases surge.

The capital now requires a negative PCR test result within 48 hours for those seeking to enter public places such as shopping malls, hotels and government buildings, Beijing authorities said. Schools across the city have moved to online classes.

The southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou -- where nearly a third of the latest COVID cases were found -- has built thousands of temporary hospital rooms to accommodate patients.

A series of new rules announced by the central government earlier this month appeared to signal a shift away from zero-COVID, easing quarantine requirements for entering the country and simplifying a system for designating high-risk areas.

But China has yet to approve more effective mRNA vaccines for public use and only 85 percent of adults over 60 had received two doses of domestic vaccines by mid-August, according to health authorities.

And Shijiazhuang, a city neighboring Beijing that was seen as a pilot for testing reopening strategies, reversed most of its easing measures this week.

"The path to reopening may be slow, costly and bumpy," Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, said in a note. "Shanghai-style full lockdowns could be avoided, but they might be replaced by more frequent partial lockdowns in a rising number of cities due to surging COVID case numbers."

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I think we all know that Zero Covid policies have got absolutely nothing to do with covid anymore

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Zero COVID failing - Whilst the population as a whole becomes dangerously socially isolated. It won't of course, but I wish this would lead to more social unrest on a MAJOR scale and a collapse of central government. Then the Taiwanese could come back in and take over. Can but wish.

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Hazmuts wielding batons and chasing employees. Living the communist dream.

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It's impossible to question the narrative from Chinese media in China.

At last Bronco says something that doesn't sound like woke claptrap. It's a fact that China is seriously misreporting their stats.

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@Wil: Of course its bizarre - I don't seriously think it would happen for one minute. But should the PRCs claim over Taiwan be any greater that Taiwan's over the PRC? I'm assuming you know your history.

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That poor kid!

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It's impossible to question the narrative from Chinese media in China.

Every single "expert" on Chinese TV toes the official line based on "the science"

If you question them they will instantly shut you down under the guise of spreading "misinformation"

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Silly China.

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It's a fact that China is seriously misreporting their stats.

And how do you know your government didn't do the same?

Oh the irony.

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While I do enjoy watching the CCP fail miserable and publicly. I hate this for my friends in China who are trapped in this madness.

Not sure why anyone is worried about this flu like virus anymore anyway.

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And how do you know your government didn't do the same?

I don't. And your comment is beside the point.

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More lockdowns for the common folk. More fun in empty spaces for the CCP elite.

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China is in for a rude awakening ss they haven’t even had the first wave due to the stupid lockdowns and failed policies. Countries with least restrictions have fared the best, and countries with strict restrictions are just delaying and making the ”pandemic” longer and longer.

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By the way, I am more curious by the very short government worker in the hazmat suit!

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So what? News?

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@Elvis

I don't. And your comment is beside the point.

But, you know that China does?

The irony!

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Great job China. More than half the number of cases than Japan but with ten times the population.

The problem? Japan is not the best standard to compare when trying to justify taking unsustainable and counterproductive measures instead of what the international experts recommend according to the best available scientific evidence.

Love the conspiracy theories!

When something can be easily proved by declarations of the own Chinese criticizing this flaw of the reporting system it is not valid to call it a conspiracy theory, which depends on something that has no evidence of happening.

The experts begrudgingly acknowledge that zero covid is the best covid.

The "best covid" is still covid, meanwhile the best strategy to reduce the importance of the pandemic is vaccination

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/past-reports/07082022.html

Vaccinating everyone ages 6 months and older is the best defense against serious illness, hospitalization, and death related to COVID-19.

Meanwhile the number of international experts recommending lockdowns (that you agreed are unnecessary and counterproductive when compared with better strategies like the ones used in Sweden) are still zero.

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Virus,herd immunity is a hoax,they say people that multiple cases of COVID risk death,I have been around people that contracted COVID always had a mask on in public

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The problem? Japan is not the best standard to compare 

Got it--when you are touting Japan's strategy to confirm to your claim, that's a different story:

It has a very effective strategy that has been praised internationally

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Japan-reports-60-108-new-coronavirus-cases

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It's a fact that China is seriously misreporting their stats.

And how do you know your government didn't do the same?

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The country recorded 31,454 domestic cases -- 27,517 without symptoms -- on Wednesday, the National Health Bureau said.

Great job China. More than half the number of cases than Japan but with ten times the population.

And still the fewest Covid related death rate in the world, all the while keeping its economy afloat while countries such as New Zealand and Australia saw recessions along with high infection rates.

The experts begrudgingly acknowledge that zero covid is the best covid.

Elvis is hereToday  05:24 pm JST

It's a fact that China is seriously misreporting their stats.

Love the conspiracy theories!

NumanToday  06:09 pm JST

@Elvis

I don't. And your comment is beside the point.

But, you know that China does? 

The irony!

Excellent one.

Greatest post of the day!

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