The number of Covid-19 cases in China continues to rise in the worst outbreak since Wuhan.

Health officials said there were 2,125 cases in 58 cities in 19 of the mainland’s 31 provinces, meaning China is reporting more than 1,000 local cases a day for the fourth consecutive day. More than 10,000 cases have been reported since the last outbreak began in early March, according to the NHC.

On Saturday, the commission reported 3,122 local cases, the highest number of daily infections since the Wuhan outbreak and the first time the number of new cases exceeded 3,000 per day, NHC data showed.

Throughout the pandemic, China has maintained a strict zero Covid policy aimed at rooting out all outbreaks and chains of transmission using a combination of border controls, mass testing, quarantine procedures and lockdowns.

Nearly half of the total cases in the latest outbreak were reported in northeastern Jilin Province, where 4,605 ​​cases have been reported since March 1, when the first clusters of cases were identified in Jilin’s border city of Yanbian, according to the provincial government.

The bulk of Sunday’s cases, 1,026, were also reported in Jilin province, according to the NHC. Jilin City, Jilin Province, has placed 504 districts on lockdown and carried out eight rounds of mass testing, the municipal government said.

Two major Chinese cities – the northeastern industrial center of Changchun and the southern economic center of Shenzhen – are on lockdown, with more than 26 million residents banned from leaving their homes.

Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, reported 66 positive cases on Saturday, with health authorities announcing in a press release on Sunday evening that from March 14 to March 20, all businesses in the city, except those considered vital or supplying Hong Kong, suspend work. operations or introduce measures to work from home.

Authorities said public transportation has also been suspended, as well as indoor restaurants, while all public places, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies, have been closed.

According to the announcement, Shenzhen will conduct three rounds of mass PCR testing for all residents during the lockdown. Residents have been advised to avoid leaving the city unnecessarily, and those who need to travel must present a negative PCR result issued within 24 hours of departure.

Major Apple supplier Foxconn has announced the suspension of operations in Shenzhen to comply with restrictions imposed in the city due to Covid-19.

“A plant reopening date is to be agreed with the local government,” Foxconn said, adding, “Due to our diversified manufacturing sites in China, we have adjusted our production line to minimize potential impact.”

The restrictions placed on Shenzhen appear to be less stringent than those on Changchun, a city of 9 million that imposed a strict lockdown on Friday. Residents have been banned from leaving their homes, and only one person per household is allowed to go grocery shopping every other day.

Shanghai reported 169 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in this latest outbreak since March 1 to at least 778. according to city administration

The city has launched a “2+12” policy, according to municipal officials, requiring people who are in the same area, workplace or school with close contact with Covid cases to observe two days of home isolation and 12 days of health monitoring. The city also advised its 24.87 million residents not to leave the city unnecessarily.

Chinese officials have been pressured to bring outbreaks under control and reprimanded by higher administrations for “poor performance” as cases rise.

This month, China fired at least 26 government officials in cities where outbreaks occurred, including the mayor and director of the municipal health committee in Jilin province, and the vice mayor and deputy director of the provincial police department in Guangdong province.

Eric Cheung of CNN, Wayne Chang, Yong Xiong and Suzanne Cullinan contributed to this report.

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