In a bid to tighten the leash on rising COVID cases, Chinese authorities in Macau have sealed off a number of residential buildings. According to a statement from the local administration, the city registered almost 39 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, June 24, bringing the total number of infected patients in the current epidemic to 149. Citizens were also banned from leaving a dozen residential buildings, China Daily reported. The administration further disclosed that more than 5,000 city residents are under quarantine.
In addition to this, restrictions on the closure of pubs, theatres, hair salons, as well as outdoor parks have also been extended by the city from Thursday. For the second time this week, Macau has tested its more than 600,000 citizens for coronavirus, according to China Daily.
Beijing’s Sinopharm COVID-19 domestic vaccine deemed ‘ineffective’
Meanwhile, China’s National Health Commission has reported an alarming rise in SARS-CoV-2 respiratory disease among China’s “double-vaccinated” or even “boosted” population, calling Beijing’s national Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine “a ‘ineffective”. While the country’s widespread vaccination campaign has yielded little or no results, Asian Lite International reported that Chinese authorities issued a warning to the public on Friday about an “explosive” outbreak of COVID-19.
According to media reports, health officials have been battling to control a severe spike in a recent coronavirus outbreak that has spread to many provinces and is believed to be caused by the highly contagious strain Omicron subvariant. Only a few weeks have passed since the Chinese provinces of Shanghai, Changchun and Jilin emerged from strict lockdowns that led to the closure of businesses and manufacturing lines.
Additionally, Chinese research published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases demonstrated that Chinese vaccines were unable to identify Omicron subvariants, Asian Lite International reported.
COVID cases in China
It is pertinent to mention here that the Chinese authorities have used all possible measures, including the controversial “zero-covid policy”, to reduce the transmission of the virus amid the Covid-19 outbreak, ANI reported. . However, all of this has become unnecessary, as a high rate of case growth is undermining China’s ability to live normally.
More than a quarter of the Chinese population, more than 400 million people, is affected by the epidemic. After Chinese vaccinations failed to control the coronavirus, up to 45 cities, including the economic capital of Shanghai, were recently placed under severe lockdown. International companies and domestic enterprises in China have suffered from the deteriorating situation there, ANI reported. Currently, many experts are worried about a Chinese economic slump.
Apart from that, homebound citizens are experiencing severe discomfort due to Beijing government’s arbitrary handling of COVID-19. They are exasperated by the lack of food and job losses caused by the forced closures.
Additionally, according to Worldometers, more than 225,526 people have been affected by the disease in the country since the outbreak, and more than 5,226 people have lost their lives to the coronavirus.