China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday, June 14, 2020, with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning as more European countries prepare to open their borders for travel.
The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year, 2019, but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.
Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.
At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy.
The total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.