The city of Szhenzen, a technology hub in southern China, said it would implement anti-virus containment measures from Monday (5/9), while the southwestern city of Chengdu announced an extension. lockdown or temporary lockout. The measures were taken as the country faces a new outbreak of COVID-19.
Shenzhen, who started lockdown on Saturday (3/9), announced a new round of COVID-19 tests. The city vowed to “use all available resources, mobilize all troops, and make every effort” to contain the pandemic.
Separately, Chengdu, which enforces lockdown against its 21 million residents on Thursday (1/9), said the city will maintain restrictions in most areas of the city, and will conduct mass tests again from Monday (5/9) to Wednesday (7/9).
China continues to enforce a zero-COVID policy, even though most other countries have relaxed restrictions and opted to coexist with the virus. As a result, the new outbreak has become a major risk for the world’s second-largest economy.
Currently, as many as 33 cities are undergoing lockdown in full or in part, affecting more than 65 million citizens, according to estimates by China’s financial magazine, Caixin. [vm/ft]