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China’s Covid Cases Top 23,000 as Outbreaks Endure in Major Cities

  • Guangzhou, Chongqing report thousands of new virus infections
  • National tally doubled since officials tweaked rules on Friday
A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, on Nov 16.
A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, on Nov 16.Photographer: CFOTO/Future Publishing/Getty Images

China’s daily Covid cases surged again as top cities struggle to get persistent outbreaks under control without deploying the one-size-fits-all Covid Zero restrictions that Beijing has said must be avoided.

Nationwide, there were 22,080 new cases for Wednesday, the highest since April and nearing the all-time high reached during the worst of Shanghai’s massive outbreak earlier this year. The surge is driven mostly by infections in some of the country’s most significant cities. The southern hub of Guangzhou reported a record 8,761 infections, and authorities have extended some curbs for the downtown district of Haizhu, while easing measures in parts of two other districts that were previously locked down.