Fresh COVID-19 Cases in China Raised Concerns of More Disruptive Curbs

Fresh outbreaks in key Chinese cities are raising concerns of more disruptive pandemic cubs even at a time when Shanghai is slowing emerging from its six-week lockdown.

China reported 69 new Covid-19 cases for Tuesday (May 17), up from 52 on Monday. Yesterday, city officials said the Fengtai district will lock down some areas for the next seven days after new clusters flared, amplifying the risk of community spread.

In Tianjin, where an earlier outbreak in January disrupted global automakers Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG, cases rose to 55 on Tuesday from 28 on Monday. A cluster is also ballooning in Sichuan province, which reported 201 cases for Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases in Shanghai rose slightly to 855  on Tuesday from 823 on Monday, no infections were found outside of government quarantine for a fourth day.

A day earlier, the city hit the crucial milestone of three consecutive days of zero cases in the community, the metric authorities had said would allow them to unwind the strict curbs that hampered economic activity and curtailed almost every aspect of daily life for residents.