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China: Covid restrictions in place at center of Guangzhou factory hub

China has suspended in-person instruction and dining in restaurants in a district in central Guangzhou, fueling concerns about the potential for disruption in southern China’s manufacturing hub that is home to around 19 million people.

All primary and secondary schools in Haizhu District, where about 10 percent of the city’s total population live, will halt in-person classes from Monday. The restrictions come more than a week after entertainment venues and schools in Huadu District were closed and, while a small number of neighborhoods were allowed to ease restrictions on Sunday, most of the area remains under lockdown. control measures. Guangzhou reported 69 new infections on Sunday.

The latest brakes coincide with the end of the once-every-five-year Communist Party Congress, where President Xi Jinping reinforced the rectitude of his Covid Zero policy but gave few indicators of how the strategy might unfold at the future. His appointment of Li Qiang, a close ally who oversaw Shanghai’s two-month lockdown earlier this year, to number two on the Politburo’s Supreme Standing Committee also dimmed the outlook for any easing of virus policy.

While Li initially took a more light-hearted approach to China’s strict Covid Zero policy, a rise in cases in Shanghai prompted him to cordon off the city, leading to rare social unrest and causing the world’s economy to shrink. financial center by almost 14% during the second. trimester. Li is now set to become prime minister in March, although he has never served as deputy prime minister – a prerequisite for the post for decades.

The party convention would not see major policy changes, with a gradual easing of Covid Zero expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts, including Andrew Tilton, wrote in a report. Implementation of the policy could be more effective, however, with personnel issues related to party roles being addressed, according to the report.

Nationwide, China reported 919 new local infections, the highest since Oct. 14. The northwest region of Xinjiang still accounts for most of the country’s cases, although the tally is declining from its recent peak. The capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an, which locked down some areas last week, has reported 51 cases.

China reported 1,076 new COVID-19 infections on October 23, of which 221 were symptomatic and 855 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said Monday. This is compared with 998 new cases a day earlier – 207 symptomatic infections and 791 asymptomatic. China counts the two types of cases separately.

There were no new deaths, like the previous day, keeping the death toll at 5,226. As of October 23, mainland China had confirmed 257,583 symptomatic cases.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, reported eight symptomatic cases and two asymptomatic cases, compared with seven symptomatic cases and one asymptomatic case the previous day, according to local government data.

Shanghai financial center reported one symptomatic case and 11 asymptomatic cases, compared to no symptomatic cases and 12 asymptomatic cases the previous day, the local health authority reported.

Shenzhen’s southern technology hub reported three new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, down from 11 a day earlier.

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