Jilin Province and the cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan have been shut down to stop the spread
A worker disinfects a man outside an office building that was closed off after a case of coronavirus was detected on March 13, 2022, in Beijing © AP / Ng Han Guan
Around 51 million people in China have been ordered to lock down as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in the country. Some 24 million people in Jilin Province, 17.5 million people in the city of Shenzhen, and 10 million people in the city of Dongguan were ordered into strict lockdowns and mandatory quarantines after China recorded its highest Covid-19 case numbers since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since early 2020, officially reported daily cases of the coronavirus in China have numbered as low as single digits, with peak outbreaks rarely rising above more than a few hundred. However, cases shot up exponentially this month, fueled by the fast-spreading “stealth Omicron” variant, with authorities reporting 5,280 cases across the mainland on Tuesday alone.