As outbreaks spread around the country, China’s daily COVID cases increased to their highest level in more than six months, and health officials vowed to maintain the country’s rigorous virus restrictions.
The nation reported 5,436 cases on Sunday, which is a 27% increase from the previous day and the highest number since May 2, when Shanghai was still under a months-long lockdown.
As the outbreak in the capital continues, Beijing has closed schools in its most populated district and ordered pupils to study from home. Several schools in the Chaoyang area, which is where corporate headquarters and embassies are located. Thus, there hasn’t been a formal government announcement yet.
Comments from health officials over the weekend dashed hopes that China would begin to scale back its zero-tolerance stance towards the virus, which had been stoked by unconfirmed social media posts last week.