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Mass testing is to be rolled out again in Wuhan. Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Mass testing is to be rolled out again in Wuhan. Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Mass testing is to be rolled out again in Wuhan. Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

The Chinese city where the world’s first coronavirus cases emerged has plunged residents into another lockdown after just four asymptomatic cases were identified.

One million people in Wuhan – about a tenth of the population – have been told not to leave their homes for the next three days as authorities roll out mass testing.

Public transport in the district of Jiangxia has been halted, restaurants, internet cafes, bars and theatres have shut their doors and large gatherings have been banned.

China has adopted a “zero-Covid” policy, with almost 90pc of the population now fully vaccinated. But only domestic vaccines are allowed, which provide less protection than the shots developed by overseas pharmaceutical firms such as Pfizer and Moderna.

Tightly enforced snap lockdowns have also meant China is far from developing natural herd immunity.

That leaves the country of 1.4 billion people at risk of contracting newer, more contagious variants of Covid.

Shanghai, China’s largest city, with a population of 26 million, was locked down for two months in the spring.

Residents are experiencing deja vu, with people saying this year is not 2022, but rather “2020 too”.

Nearly three years after Wuhan became the world’s first city to institute a lockdown, there is little indication that Beijing will make
an about-turn on its Covid policy. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

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