Covid-19: China urges its residents to stockpile food

Faced with a remarkable pandemic recovery, the Chinese central power wants to avoid serious shortages, such as those that hit the country in 2020.

On Tuesday, November 2, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce called on consumers to build up a stockpile of daily products in the event of a state of emergency. China is facing a hike in vegetable prices, driven by the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic and weather conditions in October that raise fears of shortages.

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As the Lunar New Year approaches, which will take place in early February, the People’s Republic’s most important celebration, the central government is making efforts to increase stocks of fresh vegetables and pork in general, Reuters notes.

This year, the situation has turned tense due to extreme weather conditions seen over the past month, which destroyed crops and led to a resurgence of the Covid-pandemic in the country’s largest vegetable-producing province of Shandong. Due to which there is a danger of interruption of supply.

With the Winter Olympics in Beijing approaching next February, the government fears the outbreak of a new pandemic and has taken radical measures in recent weeks following the appearance of sporadic outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country’s north.

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At least 6 million people have been confined, especially in the large city of Lanzhou, 1,700 kilometers west of Beijing. However, the number of cases observed is very less compared to the reports reported in the rest of the world. Only 71 new cases of infection were announced on Tuesday in the last 24 hours, after 92 cases on Monday, the heaviest national count since mid-September.

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