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As China hits 30,000 plus daily COVID-19 cases, is the pandemic coming back?

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Beijing: China has just recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, several major cities in China were experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Among those witnessing the COVID-19 outbreak in China include Beijing and Guangzhou. China reported 31,527 cases in the past 24 hours, more than the peak number of 28,000 the country reported in April. Then, its largest city Shanghai was locked down.

Interestingly, the sudden COVID-19 spike in Chinese cities of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai comes even as the Chinese government has imposed strict lockdowns despite several incidents of unrest. It may be noted that China's zero COVID-19 policy has reportedly saved thousands of lives in the country, believed to be the origin of COVID-19 in the world.

The sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in China is however being attributed to the relaxation of lockdowns. Officials have, however, imposed fresh restrictions after Beijing recently reported an increase in COVID cases and even witnessed COVID-related death. In many districts of Beijing, the government has asked shops, restaurants and schools to remain closed.

Despite vehement announcements, including by President Xi Jinping, 31 provinces in China have reported spikes in COVID-19 cases. The first COVID-19 death in the past six months was recorded two days ago as three from Beijing have died due to COVID-19 over the past few days.

COVID-19 cases are rising across China

While Guangdong is among the worst-COVID-19 affected regions in China, 26,824 cases were reported across China within just 24 hours on November 20.

What are the lockdown rules in China?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already warned China to rethink about its COVID-19 lockdown policy. While China is no longer imposing a national COVID-lockdown, the CPC has asked local governments to impose strict lockdowns if a case is detected. While schools and businesse have been asked to remain closed, governments have also undertaken mass testing measures.

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'Tens of millions' are living under some lock down since the llatest wave of COVID in China, the BBC reported.

How is China dealing with COVID outbreak?

Those affected with COVID are now being kept in isolation for eight days. While international travellers are allowed to enter China, inbound passengers have to conduct tests 48 hours prior to arrival. Lockdowns have become a frequent norm across Shenzhen, a city of 17.5 million, and Shanghai, a city of 26 million.

Is pandemic returning?

While many, including US President Joe Biden, have announced that the pandemic is over, several countries, as well as agencies such as the WHO have maintained that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. Many developed nations, including several in Europe have accepted COVID-19 as a part of daily life with vaccines as the solution.

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