A month after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) eased lockdown restrictions on Wuhan, the origin of the deadly coronavirus, the government had reportedly brought back lockdown orders to more than a hundred million of its citizens, as new coronavirus cases have emerged.

According to reports from Bloomberg News, around 108 million Chinese residents in the country’s northeast region were ordered to go on lockdown, due to an increasing cluster of coronavirus infections. The media outlet reported that the order had been counter-effective towards the country’s economic re-opening. “In an abrupt reversal of the re-opening taking place across the nation, cities in Jilin province have cut off trains and buses, shut schools and quarantined tens of thousands of people,” Bloomberg wrote. Currently, most delivery services have been stopped, and anti-fever medication has been banned, preventing people from hiding possible coronavirus symptoms.

The surrounding areas have become increasingly tense, although no cases of infection have been reported yet. The media outlet claimed that government officials found a cluster of 34 coronavirus infections. However, based on China’s long history of misinformation, the severity of the infections might still be up for debate.

In fact, the CCP was keen on covering the true extent of the situation, that The Asia Times Financial claimed that some of the communist officials were fired due to the incident. The media outlet reported that at first, officials only saw a limited cluster of infection in Jilin and Liaoning provinces. However, the cases grew and began to spread the virus to its neighboring country, Russia.

The Times Financial wrote that the Chinese economy continues to plummet, and predicted that in the next six months, the country’s economy would depend on its government’s capability to sustain and overcome second-wave outbreaks. Moreover, as the global economy was massively affected by the pandemic, China’s national currency is also at stake. In fact, with the exception of the US dollar, global currencies are reliant on their economic re-opening. The media outlet wrote that that on Monday morning, the Yuan was at its weakest since April 3, and continues to decline even further.

To make matters worse, China is also experiencing a global backlash over its failure to handle the outbreak, as well as its deliberate decisions to hide the extent that the virus had caused.

In a scathing letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), US President Donald Trump challenged the organization, threatening that it will permanently cut off ties and funding if it failed to make “major” changes in the next 30 days. Recent investigations had proved that the WHO had colluded with the alleged Chinese cover-up. “The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” Trump warned.

Despite the glaring evidence, China refused to take accountability, claiming that it will pay for the damages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as long as the US will also pay for the spread of HIV, as well as the 2008 financial crisis.