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China orders 51 million into lockdown amid worst COVID outbreak since early 2020

China orders 51 million into lockdown amid worst COVID outbreak since early 2020

China orders 51 million into lockdown amid worst COVID outbreak since early 2020

By Britt Clennett and Karson Yiu
14 March 2022

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.

Although record case numbers are testing the resilience of China’s no-tolerance approach, there is no sign the country is willing to pivot to ‘living with the virus.”

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