BEIJING: China has slashed the number of locations deemed at high risk of wider Covid outbreaks, re-opening locked down areas including one hosting a key factory of an Apple supplier, according to a news agency report.
The number of high-risk areas tumbled to around 4,500 on December 12, official data showed, down 85 per cent from more than 30,000 on December 7 before the latest policy shift was announced.
A district in the city of Zhengzhou in central China where iPhone supplier Foxconn has a vast facility declared on Monday that it had released all high-risk zones from lockdown. Last month, thousands of workers fled the Foxconn facility on fears of lockdowns, curtailing production. High-risk areas without new infections for five consecutive days should be released from lockdown, according to one of China’s latest protocols released on December 7.
Local authorities have also been warned not to arbitrarily expand the scope of lockdowns or prolong them. Economists say the China’s shift to live with Covid will reduce disruptive lockdowns that have dragged on the economy particularly this year because of the high transmissibility of the omicron variant of the virus
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