China reported 14,878 new COVID-19 infections on November 12, including a record number of new daily cases in the capital Beijing, as well as manufacturing hubs in Guangzhou and Zhengzhou.
The new cases come as industrial activity in Guangzhou and Zhengzhou has been disrupted by restrictions aimed at controlling outbreaks.
The number of daily cases in China rose from 11,950 on November 11, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday. Excluding imported infections, China reported 14,761 new local cases, up from 11,803 the previous day.
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The capital city, Beijing, reported a record 235 new cases a day, up from 116 the day before, local government data showed.
Guangzhou, with a population of nearly 19 million people, reported 3,653 new cases of local transmission, also an all-time high. That was up from the 3,180 cases the day before.
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The city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, home to Apple supplier Foxconn’s plant, reported a record 2,642 new cases a day. Foxconn has said it aims to resume full production in the second half of November, after operations were halted due to COVID prevention measures.
The all-time highs also come as official media reported that work to remove “pop-ups” on smartphone health apps that prevent people from entering or returning to Beijing is “in progress” and in effect in many places. The health app requires a negative PCR test to allow unrestricted mobility.
NHC announced a series of changes to China’s COVID restrictions on Friday, easing some measures on travel, quarantine and business lockdowns.
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NHC said in a statement on Sunday that the COVID prevention and control situation remained “serious and complex.”
“It is necessary to maintain the strategic focus and do the epidemic prevention and control work scientifically and accurately,” he said.