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China’s Daily Covid Tally Tops 30,000 for First Time as Curbs Spread

  • Tally breaks threshold for first time amid enduring flareups
  • Beijing shoppers panic buy; Zhengzhou largely locked down
An epidemic control worker rides a bike across a nearly empty street near the Beijing’s Central Business District on Nov. 24. 
An epidemic control worker rides a bike across a nearly empty street near the Beijing’s Central Business District on Nov. 24. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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China’s daily Covid infections broke through 30,000 for the first time ever as officials struggle to contain outbreaks that have triggered a growing number of restrictions across the country’s most important cities. 

There were 31,987 new infections reported for Thursday, up from Wednesday’s record of 29,754. The southern city of Guangzhou reported more than 7,500, while cases in the metropolis of Chongqing topped 6,000. The capital, Beijing, saw daily infections exceed 1,800 with the record tally and lockdown-like restrictions sparking panic buying in parts of the capital.