There were 3,800 new cases reported for Thursday, a 22% jump from the day before and the highest since the country emerged from its largest outbreak in the spring, according to the National Health Commission. A flare-up in the southern factory center of Guangzhou continues to accelerate after at least one district in the city halted personal schooling and dining, with 572 domestic infections reported on Friday.
Despite the stealth shutdowns and targeted restrictions in place in multiple regions, a growing number of outbreaks have emerged as China continues to adhere to a Covid Zero policy. A top health official’s speech this week signaled no planned shift from the zero-tolerance approach favored by President Xi Jinping, which includes strict border restrictions, mass testing and lockdowns when there’s a flare-up.
Inner Mongolia, where 764 infections were identified, is currently responsible for the highest number of cases of the Chinese provinces. Restrictions apply to most of the northwestern region, where outbreaks are difficult to eradicate in the vast remote area. Most parts of Xinjiang Locked down for more than 80 days, with signs on social media showing local residents growing desperate over the indefinite home quarantine.
Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, closed the zone around Foxconn Technology Group’s facility on Wednesday after an outcry over an outbreak on the ground. Dozens of workers were seen fleeing the factory on foot to escape the “closed loop” system that paralyzed everyday life.
Production at the Foxconn plant is essentially back to normal, local officials said at a municipal news conference late Thursday.