China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

As cases of COVID-19 hit record daily highs in China, the country is reimposing a range of strict measures under its "zero-COVID" policy, including lockdowns, mass testing and quarantines for anyone suspected of having come into contact with the virus.

Wednesday's 31,444 reported COVID-19 infections broke a record set back on April 13, when Shanghai, a city of 25 million people, was in a two-month lockdown.

The new restrictions cover cities and towns from the southern manufacturing centre of Guangzhou to Beijing in the north.

While measures imposed in the Chinese capital have been less strict than in other areas, normal life in the city has been severely disrupted, with no word yet on when restrictions will be lifted.

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