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China’s Lockdowns Surge in Week Since Covid Policy Adjusted

  • Nation reports 27,307 cases, centered on Guangzhou, Chongqing
  • Growing share of China GDP affected by de-facto lockdowns
Workers in protective gear at a neighborhood placed under lockdown in Beijing, on Nov. 21.
Workers in protective gear at a neighborhood placed under lockdown in Beijing, on Nov. 21.Source: Bloomberg
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Covid control restrictions now weigh on a fifth of China’s economy as infections continue their upward march, defying the central government’s call for more targeted, less disruptive Covid Zero measures. 

There were 27,307 new cases recorded for Monday, just shy of the previous record 28,973 reached in April when Shanghai’s outbreak sparked a surge in infections. The southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou remains the epicenter of the current wave, reporting the bulk of the 8,588 infections in the broader Guangdong province. The metropolis of Chongqing detected 6,297.