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China Locks Down More Than 45 Million People as Covid Returns

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WATCH: China saw more than 5,000 new Covid-19 infections for the first time since the early days of the pandemic. John Liu reports.Source: Bloomberg
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China saw more than 5,000 new Covid-19 infections for the first time since the early days of the pandemic, as outbreaks of the highly contagious omicron variant prompt officials to lock down more cities and impose further restrictions. 

The were a total of 5,154 new cases Tuesday, of which 1,647 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said. While not a large number if compared globally, it’s a significant tally for China which has kept cases low for most of the past two years through a strict Covid Zero strategy that is now being challenged by omicron.