In a city where factory workers clashed with police this week, the number of COVID-19 cases hits a daily record.
People in eight districts of Zhengzhou were told to stay home for five days starting Thursday, except to buy food or get medical treatment.
The city government ordered mass testing to destroy the virus. Zhengzhou police beat workers protesting over a pay dispute at the biggest factory for Apple’s iPhone in an industrial zone near the city.
The Taiwan-based owner of the factory apologized for an input error in the computer system and promised that the pay would be the same as agreed to.
The number of new COVID cases rose by over 30,000 in the previous 24 hours.
That is the highest daily figure since the coronaviruses were first detected.
The daily workload has increased.
China had its first COVID-19 death in six months this week.
The number of cases is low compared to the U.S.
China’s Communist Party is committed to a “zero-COVID” strategy that aims to eliminate the virus entirely.
Vaccines and immunity from previous infections help prevent deaths and serious illnesses in most other governments.
Businesses and residential communities from the manufacturing center of Guangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north are in various forms of lockups.
Residents say the restrictions go beyond what the national government allows. Some areas of Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people southwest of Beijing, were told to stay home while mass testing takes place.
A hospital opened in Beijing. A virus case was found at the Beijing International Studies University.
Access to some apartment compounds was blocked and some malls were closed. Workers were putting up a fence around the aging, low-rise brick apartment buildings in Beijing’s Hongmiao Beili community.
A group of people in hazmat suits manned the entrance to a lane that runs through the community.
Efforts had been made to try and reduce disruptions from the controls.
Chinese people are frustrated and confused by the policy flip-flops on social media.
While China’s borders remain largely closed, the government has been facilitating the exit and entry process for executives and specialized personnel of multinational companies and foreign businesses and their family members in China.
According to the science-based and targeted principles, Mao said that China would continue to improve various COVID protocols.
Concerns have been raised over how vulnerable people are to the virus.
Few Chinese have caught COVID or been exposed to it, so only a small percentage have built up effective levels of virus-fighting antibodies.
Most people in China have received at least one dose of the coronavirus. Much older Chinese have not gotten the shots.
The government is trying to contain the latest outbreak without shutting down factories as it did in early 2020 under closed-loop management.
Thousands of employees walked away from a factory in Zhengzhou, China, last month due to unsafe working conditions, causing a shortage of orders for the new iPhone 14.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, there were disagreements over the payment of workers recruited to replace those who left.
Some workers were beaten by police. People were arrested.
There were comments online that said employees with the virus lived in dormitories.
Facilities passed government checks before employees moved in.