China has locked down a key transportation hub in the south, as it deals with its biggest Covid outbreak since April. Over 28,000 new infections were reported nationwide – nearing a record high since the pandemic began.
Guangdong province and the city of Chongqing recorded over 16,000 and 6,300 cases respectively. New cases in Beijing have increased in recent days, doubling the number. The nation recorded around 24,215 fresh infections on a single day.
Guangzhou, one of China’s largest cities with nearly 19 million residents, forced a 5-day lockdown in the Baiyun district, which is home to one of the country’s busiest airports. Baiyun is also the most populated district in Guangzhou, with 3.7 million people. Schools are shut down, public transportation services are suspended, and residents have been advised to stay home, according to a report issued by the Baiyun district government.
Meanwhile, Asian markets and oil prices dropped on Monday as investors were troubled about the prospect of China re-tightening Covid rules.