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The Chinese government is expanding its COVID-19 blocking measures as more case clusters have been discovered in the eastern region of the country.

Wuxi city officials have closed down restaurants in person and many other indoor businesses. Authorities are also encouraging residents to work from home and not to leave the city, according to Reuters.

Officials say around 40 asymptomatic cases were diagnosed in the city this weekend.

That potential outbreak comes when Anhui province also reported nearly 300 cases, according to Reuters.

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker in protective suit collects a swab sample from a chef for nucleic acid testing, during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS / Aly’s song / photo file)

A woman in protective suit stands on a street during the lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Shanghai, China, May 26, 2022.

A woman in protective suit stands on a street during the lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Shanghai, China, May 26, 2022.
(REUTERS / Aly Song)

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China’s “zero COVID” approach to the pandemic means that even small outbreaks translate into widespread blockages. Politics led to unrest in Shanghai, where lockdowns lasted for months and access to food and other daily goods became severely strained.

Government officials publicized Shanghai was COVID-free in early June, but hundreds of thousands of residents remained in solitary confinement nonetheless.

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Shanghai authorities say the city suffered more than 500,000 cases between April and the end of May.

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