BEIJING, China (AFP) – On Sunday, Chinese health officials recorded over 3,400 Covid-19 cases, more than double the number reported the day before, requiring lockdowns in viral hotspots as the country battles its worst epidemic in two years.

As almost 19 provinces combat clusters of the Omicron and Delta strains, officials in Shanghai have closed schools and have ordered the closure of numerous northeastern cities.

According to an official, the city of Jilin has been largely shut down, with hundreds of neighbourhoods walled off, while Yanji, a city of roughly 700,000 people on the border with North Korea, has been completely shut down.

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