Dozens of cities across China, including Wuhan where the coronavirus was first recorded, have gone into lockdown - as the country pursues leader Xi Jinping's zero-Covid policy.

More than 800,000 people in one district in Wuhan were told to stay at home until 30 October. "We feel numb to it all. We feel more and more numb," one local told Reuters.

The city of Zhengzhou, home to the world's largest iPhone manufacturing plant, was also affected. It comes as China reported a third straight day of more than 1,000 cases.

Earlier this month Mr Xi signalled that there would be no easing up of the zero-Covid policy, calling it a "people's war to stop the spread of the virus".

Wuhan reported up to 25 new infections a day this week, with more than 200 cases over the past two weeks.

As of Oct 24, some 28 cities across the country were implementing some degree of lockdown measures, with around 207 million people affected in regions responsible for almost a quarter of China's GDP

Across the country, around 200 lockdowns have been implemented in recent days - the majority of this affecting communities that have been marked as high or medium risk.

Residents in different areas are subject to different rules, depending on whether they are in a low, medium or high-risk zone.

The city has been under lockdown for nearly three months as it battles the virus - local officials on Thursday had said eight new Covid cases were reported in Lhasa.