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Covid cases return to Wuhan as President Xi Jinping reiterates China’s Zero Covid policy

Covid returns to Wuhan for the first time in a month: Two cases have been reported in the city where the virus first emerged – just days after President Xi confirmed the pursuit of Zero Covid policy

  • Confirmed cases of Covid-19 detected in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the country’s draconian ‘Zero Covid’ policy
  • Mass testing and localized lockdowns have become a regular feature for China

The first confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been discovered in the Chinese city where the virus first emerged when President Xi Jinping renewed his commitment to the country’s draconian “Zero Covid” policy.

A few dock workers in Wuhan have been reported to show signs of asymptomatic infection in the first confirmed cases there in a month.

China is now expected to undergo its fourth wave of massive testing to continue isolating areas where cases are being recorded, after Anhui province reported a spate of 107 infections on Friday and Lingbi county was shut down.

In total, the country registered 163 infections on Thursday, the highest number in the past three weeks.

The news comes just days after Xi visited the sprawling city and reinstated his desire to lock down entire cities and be subject to severe restrictions to contain the virus.

President Xi Jinping meets with members of a residential community in Wuhan, China, on June 28

President Xi Jinping meets with members of a residential community in Wuhan, China, on June 28

China is now expected to undergo its fourth wave of massive testing to continue isolating areas where cases are being recorded, after Anhui province reported a spate of 107 infections on Friday and Lingbi county was shut down.  Pictured: Beijing mass testing on June 22

China is now expected to undergo its fourth wave of massive testing to continue isolating areas where cases are being recorded, after Anhui province reported a spate of 107 infections on Friday and Lingbi county was shut down. Pictured: Beijing mass testing on June 22

Chinese citizens line up for Covid-19 testing in China's Macau

Chinese citizens line up for Covid-19 testing in China’s Macau

President Xi will now launch an updated Zero Covid plan that will halve quarantine periods for inbound travelers and close contacts, with massive testing and the use of lockdowns expected to increase.

Increased surveillance and earlier, more aggressive restrictions are also expected to be used by the Chinese leader.

Beijing and Shanghai both reported zero new Covid cases yesterday as Li Qiang, the secretary of Shanghai’s party committee, praised the city’s attempt to shut down two months as he declared victory over the virus.

The Chinese capital escaped the same draconian restrictions by launching a mass-testing regime and requiring a proof of negative PCR test within 72 hours to enter public areas.

An American scientist who mapped the early spread of the virus traced the first human infection of Covid to a woman who worked at the Huanan Seafood Market.

The woman, known as Wei Guixian, became ill with mysterious flu-like symptoms on December 11, 2019, and has since been confirmed to be Covid.

dr. Michael Worobey, the University of Arizona evolutionary biologist who published the report, said about half of the first cluster of cases were related to the market and Ms. Guixian.

The slaughter market — which traded dozens of exotic animals such as pangolins — was originally touted as the source of Covid due to the high risk of cross-species infection.

An American scientist who mapped the early spread of the virus traced the first human infection of Covid to a woman who worked at the Huanan Seafood Market.  Pictured: Workers wearing protective suits walk next to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, March 2020

An American scientist who mapped the early spread of the virus traced the first human infection of Covid to a woman who worked at the Huanan Seafood Market. Pictured: Workers wearing protective suits walk next to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, March 2020

The slaughter market — which traded dozens of exotic animals such as pangolins — was originally touted as the source of Covid due to the high risk of cross-species infection.  Pictured: A man walks next to optical shops on the second floor of Huanan Seafood Market, December 2020

The slaughter market — which traded dozens of exotic animals such as pangolins — was originally touted as the source of Covid due to the high risk of cross-species infection. Pictured: A man walks next to optical shops on the second floor of Huanan Seafood Market, December 2020

The World Health Organization had challenged this assessment, placing the first confirmed case about 20 miles south of Wuhan.

While the rest of the developed world has freely opened their doors to tourists, commerce and the return to normalcy, China has distinguished itself by adhering to a rigorous Zero Covid plan.

By proclaiming President Xi this week, he declared “herd immunity” an impossible task for a population the size of China, saying it would have “unimaginable” consequences.

The president’s Communist Party has consistently used the country’s low death rate as evidence of the party’s success and that their policies have worked.

dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has faced heavy criticism for his handling of the pandemic deemed ‘China-centric’, while praising China for its response to the Covid outbreak.

After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in January 20202, he said: “I was very encouraged and impressed by the president’s detailed knowledge of the outbreak and his personal involvement in the outbreak.

“This was a very rare lead for me.”

But he has since been censored by Chinese state media for criticizing the country’s current zero-Covid policy in May this year.

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