On the current Covid outbreak The current outbreak is also testing the patience of the Chinese towards tough restrictions, at a time when much of the world has re-opened.
Almost 12,000 of the cases reported nationwide on Saturday were labelled asymptomatic. On Sunday, the 1.5 million residents of Baicheng in northeast China joined the ranks of tens of millions of other Chinese who have endured some form of lockdown over the last month, disrupting work and damaging the economy.
China registered 13,146 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said in a statement, with "no new deaths" reported.
It is the country's highest daily infection tally since mid-February 2020. Around 70 percent of the national caseload was found in Shanghai, the commission said, after mass testing the metropolis' 25 million residents.