The COVID pandemic is heating up right before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ’s 20th National Congress.

According to Vision Times, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Liaoning, Gansu, Sichuan, Shanxi, Chongqing, Yunnan, Ningxia, Shanghai, and Beijing all continue to report infection clusters.

The “zero-COVID” policy based on lockdown has not prevented the spread of the pandemic. Nevertheless, Chinese authorities have shown that they continue to believe in lockdown measures.

Inner Mongolia has locked down many locations. Twenty-six schools in this autonomous region are in lockdown, and 241,000 students have switched to online learning mode.

The same happened in Shanxi province, where 83 schools are on lockdown. Meanwhile, students in Shaanxi and Gansu are also living on closed campuses.

The COVID outbreak this time took place after a long holiday on the occasion of the CCP’s National Day.

Vision Times said that due to the disease outbreak just a few days before the CCP opened the national 20th Congress, measures to combat the pandemic following the “zero-COVID” policy in localities have become more extreme.

Some local authorities are said to have chosen to hide infections to avoid being reprimanded by their superiors. Gansu is one such locality.

Zhang Yuan, editor-in-chief of Chinese Culture Publishing House, talked about the phenomenon of hiding the infection cases on his WeChat account on October 11.

Gansu’s concealment of the pandemic has also been confirmed by many students who escaped quarantine areas.

Some netizens revealed that the number of COVID infections in Gansu had reached more than 3000 cases.

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