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China Sees Most Covid Cases Since May as Lockdowns Spread

  • Guangxi reports 165 infections becoming new virus hotspot
  • Spike shows difficulty of Covid Zero in face of new strains
A Covid-19 testing booth in downtown Shanghai.
A Covid-19 testing booth in downtown Shanghai.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China reported its highest daily Covid-19 case tally in seven weeks as a new cluster emerged in the southern province of Guangxi, underscoring the difficulty of achieving the country’s Covid Zero strategy in the face of more infectious strains of the virus. 

The country reported 432 infections for Thursday, up from 292 on Wednesday and the most since May 25. More than a third, or 165 cases, were found in Guangxi province, centered around Beihai, a coastal city of 1.83 million people. The first case was detected Tuesday and authorities shut entertainment venues in the city center from Wednesday.