Chinese mainland reports 44 new local confirmed cases of COVID-19

On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission reported 44 confirmed locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, according to Xinhua. Of the 44 infections discovered, 35 were found in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

From the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to the country’s economic crisis, China has been criticized for its so-called “zero Covid policy”.

It is well known that Chinese President Xi Jinping wields considerable power over the country’s governance and political structures.

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Extreme shutdowns in Beijing have sparked protests and fights between officials and citizens who have been forced to stay at home for weeks without access to food or medicine.

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Economic growth is expected to fall to levels last seen in the early 1990s due to the drastic shutdowns. China’s much-hyped ‘zero-covid’ approach, which authorities until recently attributed to the country’s exit from the pandemic, is collapsing as rapidly rising cases force huge lockdowns similar to those observed in 2020.


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