The government has struggled to get on top of the crisis, facing growing criticism for its lack of early preparation to tackle the virus, its abrupt shifts in strategy, its failure to provide adequate protective equipment for its medical staff and other key workers, and its inability to organise testing on the scale that many say is vital.
And its communications have been widely described as evasive and shambolic – with many left confused last week as the Cabinet battled to provide a coherent account of its plans to lift the lockdown.
Chinese authorities have reported what could be the beginning of a new wave of coronavirus cases in the northeast of the country, with one city in Jilin province being reclassified as high-risk.
Jilin officials raised the risk level of the city of Shulan to high from medium, having raised it to medium from low just the day before after one woman tested positive on Thursday.
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