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China Covid Cases Jump to Record High, Topping Shanghai Outbreak

  • Some of country’s key cities have largely come to a standstill
  • Officials expand testing efforts, build makeshift hospitals
Epidemic control workers in a nearly empty street in Beijing on Nov. 23.
Epidemic control workers in a nearly empty street in Beijing on Nov. 23.Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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China’s daily Covid infections climbed to a record high, exceeding the previous peak in April, as it battles an outbreak that has grown since the country adopted a more targeted approach to containing the virus. 

The country reported 29,754 new cases for Wednesday, more than the 28,973 infections recorded in mid-April when the financial hub of Shanghai was in the midst of a grueling two-month lockdown that saw residents struggle to access food and medical services.