STORY: After a renewed increase in corona infections, some residential areas in the Chinese capital Beijing have been cordoned off. Schools and restaurants remained closed. The authorities urged citizens to stay at home. According to the National Health Commission, the country recently recorded more than 27,000 new corona infections after almost 25,000 infections the previous day. Most of the cases are asymptomatic, it said. Two more people died in Beijing related to the virus. The metropolis of Guanghzou is in a five-day lockdown after a sharp increase in the number of infections. Efforts by the Chinese authorities to make the corona measures more targeted had raised hopes in the economy and on the stock exchanges that restrictions would be eased more significantly. These hopes have now faded somewhat.