China expands lockdowns as COVID cases soar to daily record high

China has intensified its COVID restrictions and lockdowns as its daily infection figures climbed to a record high.

On Wednesday it recorded 31,444 new COVID-19 cases – exceeding the previous peak in April when Shanghai was in a city-wide lockdown that would last two months.

It is also the highest daily figure since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

The fresh crackdown comes as its zero-COVID policy continues to spark protests – including in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where there have been clashes at a huge Foxconn factory making iPhones.

Not even a pledge of a big increase in bonuses has stemmed an exodus of workers from the site, frustrated by COVID curbs.

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Protests at China iPhone factory

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