More Chinese cities are imposing COVID lockdowns as ‘clusters’ proliferate

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The Chinese government is expanding its COVID-19 lockdown measures as more clusters of cases were discovered in the country’s eastern region.

Wuxi city officials have closed personal dinners and many other indoor activities. Authorities are also encouraging residents to work from home and not leave the city, Reuters said.

Officials say about 40 asymptomatic cases were diagnosed in the city this weekend.

That possible outbreak comes as Anhui province has also reported nearly 300 cases, according to Reuters.

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab from a chef for nucleic acid testing, during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2022.

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab from a chef for nucleic acid testing, during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS/Aly Lied/File photo)

A woman in a protective suit stands on the street during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, 26 May 2022.

A woman in a protective suit stands on the street during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, 26 May 2022.
(REUTERS/Aly song)

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China’s “zero COVID” approach to the pandemic means even minor outbreaks are leading to widespread lockdowns. The policy has sparked unrest in Shanghai, where the lockdown lasted for months and access to food and other daily goods came under heavy pressure.

Government officials praised that Shanghai was COVID-free at the beginning of June, but hundreds of thousands of residents nevertheless remained in lockdown.

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Authorities in Shanghai say the city has had more than 500,000 cases between April and the end of May.

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