65 Million People Are Under Lockdown In China As COVID-19 Cases Rise

65 million citizens have been locked down in China. Strict COVID-19 restrictions have been put in place. The country is advising against domestic travel for upcoming national holidays.

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Nationwide lockdown

According to a tally published by Caixin, a Chinese business magazine, there are 33 cities, including seven provincial capitals that are under either full or partial lockdown.

There are reports of COVID-19 outbreaks in 103 cities in China. This is the highest number of outbreaks since the height of the pandemic in early 2020.

Authorities are requiring lockdowns and quarantines as part of their “zero-COVID” policy.

In the southwestern city of Chengdu, almost 21 million people are under lockdown. Schools are closed and classes have been moved to being fully virtual.

New cases recorded

The National Health Commission reported Monday that within 24 hours, China recorded 1,552 new COVID-19 cases across the nation.

China’s mid-autumn festival

After the Lunar New Year, China’s mid-autumn festival is the second most important holiday. The holiday is supposed to be celebrated from September 10th through 12th. However, officials are urging citizens to not travel — even if it’s domestic.

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