The resurgence of the epidemic in Anhui province comes at a time when China’s economy is slowly recovering from the Shanghai lockdown, which was lifted in early June after several months.

Amid a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in some areas, China placed 1.7 million people under lockdown in the eastern province of Anhui, where some 300 new cases of the disease were reported, Monday, July 4. Beijing is taking a tough approach to the virus, with major screening campaigns, mandatory quarantines and lockdowns as soon as a few cases appear.

The renewed outbreak in Anhui comes as China’s economy slowly recovers from the Shanghai lockdown, which was lifted in early June after several months. Two townships in the province, Si and Lingbi, have announced lockdowns affecting more than 1.7 million people. They can only leave their homes to be tested.

State-run CCTV broadcast images of empty streets in Si Township over the weekend, with residents lining up to take their sixth PCR test in a matter of days. On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 287 new cases for Anhui, bringing the total to more than 1,000 for the province in recent days.

Provincial governor Wang Qingxian urged authorities to “implement rapid screening” and quarantine and reporting of cases as soon as possible.