The Chinese city at the heart of the Covid pandemic has been plunged back into lockdown as more than 800,000 people in Wuhan have been told to stay at home until the end of the week. The Mail has more.
Authorities have reintroduced the draconian restriction – even though the city is only recording around 25 cases a day. At least 200 million people in 28 cities across China are living under lockdown curbs, such as stay-at-home orders, mass testing and shop closures.
China today logged 1,000 cases for the third day in a row – a tiny figure compared to standards in other countries. Beijing’s brutal ‘Zero-Covid’ approach has seen it plagued by aggressive restrictions for almost three years now, leaving people quarantined for months at a time. Other nations that originally pursued the economically-crippling regime have resorted to living with the virus, which is much milder now than when the pandemic began.
Statistics from Oxford University-backed research platform Our World in Data show that China logged 1,412 infections on October 26th, up 51% in a week.
However, the figure is tiny in comparison to the nation’s 1.4billion population. It means just 0.76 cases are being logged per million people.
For comparison, European nations are living restriction-free despite recording hundreds of cases [per million]. Rates are highest in Germany (781), followed by France (612) and Italy (553). The U.K. is registering around 120 positive tests per million people, while rates are similar in the U.S. (108). However, the figures are highly swayed by how many people are being tested in each country per day – with nations that test fewer people reporting fewer cases.
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