China reported 13,146 Covid cases on Sunday, the highest since the peak of the first wave more than two years ago, as the highly transmissible variant of Omicron spread to more than a dozen provinces .
“There were 1,455 patients with symptoms…11,691 asymptomatic cases…and no new deaths were reported,” the National Health Commission said in a statement.
In China’s financial hub of Shanghai, the epicenter of the country’s worst Covid outbreak, nearly all of its 25 million residents were under stay-at-home orders on Saturday as the authorities were rushing to curb the spread of the disease.
As of Sunday, the city had more than 8,200 local cases – almost 70% of the national total, which is relatively low by global standards but troubling for a country that has recorded only double-digit daily cases for a large part of the last two years.
Shanghai’s restrictions threaten to scold supply chains, with shipping giant Maersk saying on Friday that some depots in the city remain closed and trucking services are likely to be hit even harder due to the lockdown.
Anger is mounting among Shanghai residents over the closures which were originally only announced for four days to test the city en masse but now look likely to last until the end of next week or longer .
China, the country where the coronavirus was first detected in 2019, is among the last places left after a zero-Covid approach to the pandemic.
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