China reports 1,524 local covid cases, a two-year high

One of the main risks for 2022 continues to be widespread lockdowns from China, which are putting further pressure on global supply chains.

Cases in Hong Kong are completely out of control and outbreaks are growing on the mainland. China reported 1,524 locally transmitted cases today, down from 1,100 a day earlier and a few hundred last week. This is the maximum since the initial outbreak in Wuhan.

There have been cases in 20 of 31 provinces, but the biggest outbreak is in Jilin, which borders North Korea. The mayors of Jilin City and Jiutai District of Changchun City were both removed from office. All urban areas in the province have been strictly confined.

New measures are coming elsewhere, with people entering Beijing now being forced to take nucleic acid tests and told to avoid groups during their first seven days in the city. In Shanghai, classes have moved online.


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