China reported 14,878 new COVID-19 infections as of November 12, including a record number of new cases per day in the capital Beijing, as well as manufacturing hubs in Guangzhou and Zhengzhou.

The new cases come as industrial activity in Guangzhou and Zhengzhou was halted by restrictions aimed at controlling outbreaks.

The number of daily cases in China increased from 11,950 on Nov.11, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday. Excluding imported infections, China reported 14,761 new local cases, up from 11,803 the day before.

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The capital Beijing reported a record 235 new cases per day, up from 116 the previous day, according to local government data.

Guangzhou, with a population of nearly 19 million, reported 3,653 new cases transmitted locally, also an all-time high. This was up from 3,180 cases the day before.

A pandemic prevention worker checks the personal details of a woman lined up to undergo a swab test as coronavirus outbreaks continue in Beijing, China on November 3, 2022.
(REUTERS / Tommaso Pietro)

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Zhengzhou City in Henan Province, home of Apple supplier Foxconn’s plant, reported a record 2,642 new cases per day. Foxconn said it aims to resume full production in the second half of November after operations were halted due to COVID prevention measures.

The records also come when official media reported that work to remove “pop-up windows” on smartphone health apps that prevent people from entering or returning to Beijing is “in progress” and is in place for many. places. The health app requires a negative PCR test to allow for unlimited mobility.

NHC announced a series of changes to China’s COVID curbs on Friday, easing some measures on travel, quarantine and business lockdowns.

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NHC said in a statement Sunday that the COVID prevention and control situation remained “serious and complex”.

“We need to maintain strategic focus and scientifically and accurately carry out epidemic prevention and control work,” he said.

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