China records its first coronavirus death since May, an 87-year-old man in Beijing
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China announced on Sunday its first death from coronavirus covid-19 since May, an 87-year-old man in Beijing, where the increase in infections has progressively triggered the closure of establishments and shops.

The National Health Commission announced more than 24,000 new local positive cases in 24 hours in the country, the vast majority asymptomatic.

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The large manufacturing province of Guangzhou (south), where the metropolises of Guangdong and Shenzhen are located, is by far the most affected.

Beijingclosely watched by power and the media, reported 621 new cases. Part of the population is confined to their homes and another was sent to quarantine centers.

But unlike previous outbreaks, the authorities seem to want to avoid the imposition of generalized restrictions for now to a population that shows increasing fatigue in the face of anticovid measures.

Large shopping malls in Beijing announced their closure on Sunday. Others reduced their opening hours or prohibited table service at their restaurants.

In fact, many restaurants can no longer accommodate customers inside, although home delivery is still allowed.

The man who died in the capital presented a picture of benign covid, but the situation was worsened by a bacterial infection, according to CCTV public television. This is the first official death from covid since the end of May.

Numerous office buildings in the Chaoyang district, home to businesses and embassies, called on companies to switch to teleworking on Sunday.

The French Lyceum Beijing He announced to the parents of the students that he had also received instructions to go “to distance education” in an email seen by AFP. The situation is similar in other establishments.

Parks, sports venues and gyms also closed.

The authorities asked on Saturday to avoid “non-imperative” displacements between the different districts of Beijing to contain the spread of the virus.

The metropolis of Cantonwhich announced more than 8,000 new positive cases, began testing the entire population of the central Haizhu district on Sunday, where about 1.8 million people live.

China announced on November 11 a relaxation of its zero covid strategy with measures such as the reduction of quarantines, especially for travelers arriving from abroad.

But a return to normality seems a long way off with lockdowns, quarantines and screenings still being applied on a large scale.

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