A China reported on Wednesday the largest number of new cases of Covid-19 broadcast locally since January, and some cities increased restrictions, reduced flights and intensified examinations to deal with an outbreak driven mainly by Delta variant.
Travel restrictions and closures led consultancy Nomura to downgrade its growth forecast for the world’s second-largest economy between July and September in addition to its annual forecast, saying China’s zero tolerance approach to the virus is becoming increasingly difficult. increasingly costly.
“The draconian measures taken by the government are resulting in China’s potentially tighter travel restrictions and lockdowns since the spring of 2020,” the company said in a statement.
O coronavirus emerged in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, located in the central province of Hubei, but until recently China had virtually prevented infections from abroad from causing large local outbreaks.
But since late July, the highly transmissible Delta variant has been detected in more than a dozen Chinese cities, including the capital.
The country reported 485 symptomatic cases transmitted locally between July 20 and August 3, but it was not immediately clear how many involved the Delta variant.
As of this Wednesday morning, 17 provinces, regions and municipalities had reported locally transmitted symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.