The first confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Chinese city where the virus first emerged as President Xi Jinping reestablished his commitment to the country’s draconian ‘Zero Covid’ policy.
A pair of port workers in Wuhan have been reported as showing signs of asymptomatic infection in the first confirmed cases there in a month.
China is now expected to undergo its fourth wave of mass testing to continue to isolate areas where cases are being recorded, after Anhui province reported a surge of 107 infections on Friday and the county of Lingbi was locked down.
Overall the country recorded 163 infections on Thursday, the highest count in the past three weeks.
The news comes just days after Xi visited the sprawling city and reinstated his desire to see whole cities locked down and subject to harsh restrictions in order to contain the virus.
President Xi will now launch an updated Zero Covid plan that will see incoming travellers and close contacts’ quarantine periods halved, with mass testing and the use of lockdowns expected to ramp up.
Increased surveillance and earlier, more aggressive restrictions are also expected to be utilised by the Chinese leader.
Beijing and Shanghai both reported zero new Covid cases yesterday as Li Qiang, Shanghai’s Party Committee Secretary, praised the city’s trying two-month lockdown as he declared victory over the virus.
The Chinese capital escaped the same draconian restrictions by launching a mass-testing regime and requiring proof of negative PCR test within 72 hours to enter public spaces.