Wed. Nov 23rd, 2022

China: Reports first Covid deaths in six months amid strict restrictions and zero-cases policy

Transporter Morgan Dean-McMillan prepares the body of a COVID-19 victim at a morgue in Montgomery county, Maryland on April 17, 2020. - In the past three weeks the owners of the Maryland Cremation services, Dorota Marshall and her husband Sean, have seen an estimated increase of 30% more cases because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Because of the pandemic and the risks, they can no longer allow viewings, but only identification visits, while families must pick up the ashes outside the office in their cars. They recently agreed to see if they could help a New York crematorium, which is backed up with overflow, with cremations. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Reports say China has reported its first Covid deaths in six months, with officials warning the capital is facing its most severe situation since the pandemic started.

Three fatalities have been reported in Beijing since Saturday, bringing the country’s official death toll to five thousand, two hundred and twenty-nine.

The deaths come amid rare protests over China’s zero-Covid-policy.

According to the reports, the controversial strategy has seen millions locked down and positive citizens forcibly quarantined.

In Beijing, officials have already implemented a lockdown in the Haidian part of the capital, with shops, schools and restaurants closed, and three million people urged to stay at home.

The reports say, those travelling to the capital will also have to do tests for the first three days of their visit, and stay inside until they are given the all-clear.

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