Customers of rural banks in Henan province who were trying to withdraw their deposits after reports of a bank run suspect authorities are restricting their movement using the Covid health code app.
China's zero-Covid strategy is being stretched to the limit by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, as both Beijing and Shanghai have seen fresh clusters just days after lifting restrictions.
China is the last major economy still committed to a zero-Covid strategy, stamping out new cases with a combination of targeted lockdowns, mass testing and lengthy quarantines.
The mass testing announcements sparked fears of a return to stringent, prolonged lockdown among the residents, many of whom had been confined to their homes for two months or more since March.
The WHO’s stance in a report released Thursday is a sharp reversal of the U.N. health agency’s initial assessment of the pandemic’s origins.
Chinese officials have urged the residents along the Yalu River separating the two countries to shut their windows.
The city eased many restrictions last week, after confining most of its 25 million residents to their homes since March as China battled its worst Covid outbreak in two years.
China recorded just 74 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and restrictions have been eased in cities which had been under strict lockdown for more than two months.
China's strategy to achieve zero Covid cases includes strict border closures, lengthy quarantines, mass testing and rapid, targeted lockdowns.
The Olympic-sized Asian Games became the latest and biggest casualty on Friday as organisers decided to delay the multisports extravaganza due to a severe outbreak of Covid-19.
The Games were scheduled to take place from September 10-25 in the capital of Zhejiang province, about 175 kilometres southwest of Shanghai.
Chinese authorities have stuck to their zero-Covid policy of lockdowns and mass testing, entire neighbourhoods in the capital are sealed over a handful of infections.
Hundreds of thousands of virus-positive people have been taken to makeshift facilities as China does not allow them to quarantine at home.
China moved most students in the sprawling Chaoyang district to online learning, with exceptions for middle and high school students who are preparing to take crucial exams.
One of the last countries sticking to a zero-COVID strategy, China aims to stamp out every infection with strict lockdowns and by sending all cases to secure facilities.