NEW COVID-19 case numbers are rising in various cities across China. The seven-day trailing average has increased to more than 300 from a low of 25 in late June.
Authorities are imposing restrictions on business operations (Xian) and public spaces (Beijing) and putting tens of millions of people under social distancing restrictions.
Earlier this week, the Japanese bank Nomura estimated that 114 million people were under full or partial lockdowns, including in Shanghai, which has only recently emerged from a punishing complete lockdown.
With President Xi Jinping repeatedly reaffirming China’s commitment to its zero-Covid policy, can more stringent lockdowns be far behind?