China has recorded its highest number of daily COVID cases since the pandemic began.

That despite stringent measures designed to eliminate the virus.

Several major cities including the capital Beijing and southern trade hub Guangzhou are experiencing outbreaks.

Wednesday saw 31-thousand, 5-hundred and 27 cases recorded compared with an April peak of 28-thousand.

The numbers are still tiny for a country of 1.4 billion people and officially just over 5-thousand 2-hundred have died since the pandemic began.

That equates to three COVID deaths in every million in China.

While China’s zero-COVID policy has clearly saved lives, it has also dealt a punishing blow to the economy and ordinary people’s lives.

The country slightly relaxed some of those restrictions a few weeks ago.