China Struggles to Contain Major COVID-19 Surge; Lockdowns Threaten Global Economy

Headline Roundup March 15th, 2022

China is seeing its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

Tens of millions of people are under lockdown in China as the country experiences its highest number of daily COVID-19 infections since the Wuhan outbreak in early 2020. China's national health commission reported 3,122 new cases on Saturday, the first time new cases have exceeded 3,000 in a day in China. Two major Chinese cities, Changchun and Shenzhen, are under lockdown with public transport and nearly all public venues closed. Foxconn Technology Group, a major supplier for Apple in Shenzhen that assembles some iPhones and iPads, and other tech manufacturers in the region say they will relocate production to avoid a massive backlog. The entire province of Jilin, which is home to 24 million people, is also under lockdown.

Outlets across the spectrum, especially right-rated and business-focused sources, highlighted how the lockdowns could strain an already-unstable global supply chain and U.S. inflation. Some sources quoted voices who said China's strict "zero-COVID" measures were ineffective against the highly contagious Omicron variant and were likely to have negative effects on the economy.

From the Left

China reported thousands of new local Covid-19 cases Sunday as the Omicron variant drove the worst outbreak in the country since Wuhan in early 2020, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).

Health officials said 2,125 cases were reported across 58 cities in 19 of 31 mainland provinces, marking the fourth consecutive day China reported more than 1,000 daily local cases. More than 10,000 cases have been reported since the latest outbreak began in early March, the NHC said.

Saturday, the commission reported 3,122 local cases -- the highest number of daily...

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From the Center

Manufacturers of everything from flash drives to glass for Apple iPhone screens are warning of shipment delays as they comply with Chinese controls to curb the spread of COVID-19, further straining global supply chains.

Authorities across China are trying to try stem the spread of the country's worst COVID-19 outbreak in two years, putting millions of people in lockdown, curbing transport and shutting factories.

Some of the toughest measures have been applied in the key manufacturing hubs of Shenzhen, Dongguan and Changchun, as well as the Chinese financial centre of...

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From the Right

Chinese authorities locked down the entire province of Jilin, which shares a border with North Korea and is home to 24 million people, in order to contain the latest outbreak of Covid.

Beijing has relied on strict lockdowns and massive testing efforts to control previous outbreaks, attempting to bring Covid cases in the country to zero. The lockdown of Jilin marks the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago that the authorities have resorted to shuttering an entire province. However, that strategy is now being tested...

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