City officials in Zhengzhou, China are engaged in a “war of annihilation” against the coronavirus. Within a 24-hour period, the National Health Commission recorded 31,444 cases of COVID-19. In perspective, 31,444 cases is the highest daily figure since COVID-19 was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. As a result, residents across all eight districts of Zhengzhou have been told to stay home from Thursday through Tuesday. In addition, the city will implement mass testing measures to track the virus.
Zhengzhou is not the only area to undergo lockdown measures due to the spread of COVID-19. Shijiazhuang residents were instructed to remain home while mass testing is conducted. Meanwhile, several shopping centers and business offices remain closed in Beijing. In addition, the city of Beijing has opened up a hospital in an exhibition center. Many of the nation’s borders will also remain closed until daily COVID-19 cases and deaths decline.
Thus far, an estimated 92% of Chinese residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the Associated Press reports that ” far fewer older Chinese” residents have received a dose of the vaccine. Furthermore, the Associated Press reports that a “small percentage [of Chinese residents] are thought to have built up effective levels of virus-fighting antibodies.”