China reports new daily records of COVID-19 cases, restrictions tighten across country

SHANGHAI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – China reported another record daily number of new COVID-19 infections on Friday as cities across the country enforced measures to contain the outbreak.

New local COVID-19 infections on Thursday set a daily record for the second day in a row, surpassing the figure set in mid-April when commercial hub Shanghai was crippled by a two-month-long city-wide lockdown of 25 million residents.

Excluding imported infections, China reported 32,695 new local cases on Thursday, of which 3,041 were symptomatic and 29,654 were asymptomatic, up from 31,444 a day earlier.

Large outbreaks are numerous and far-reaching, with the southern city of Guangzhou and southwestern Chongqing recording the largest numbers, although hundreds of new infections have been reported daily in cities such as Chengdu, Jinan, Lanzhou, Xian and Wuhan.

The number of cases in Shijiazhuang quadrupled from the previous day to 3,197 on Thursday.

The Chinese capital Beijing reported 424 symptomatic and 1,436 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 509 symptomatic and 1,139 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government data showed.

The financial center of Shanghai reported nine symptomatic cases and 77 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with nine symptomatic cases and 58 asymptomatic cases the day before, the local health authority said.

Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million people, reported 257 new locally transmitted symptomatic and 7,267 asymptomatic cases yesterday, compared with 428 symptomatic and 7,192 asymptomatic cases a day earlier, local authorities said.

Chongqing reported 258 new symptomatic locally transmitted COVID-19 infections and 6,242 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, compared with 409 symptomatic and 7,437 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government officials said.

Shanghai and Beijing newsroom reports; Written by Bernard Orr; Edited by Shri Navaratnam and Gerry Doyle

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