City in China on lockdown over new wave of Covid outbreak

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City in China on lockdown over new wave of Covid outbreak

The Chinese city of Chengdu, home to some 16 million people, will be on lockdown as officials work to contain a new wave of Covid-19 outbreak.

China is the only large economy still committed to a zero-Covid policy, which involves rapid shutdowns, extensive testing, and lengthy quarantines in the event of an outbreak.

Officials in the southwestern city of Chengdu have issued a notice stating that all citizens must “stay home in principle” from 6 pm on Thursday to combat a new wave of infections.

One household member who has tested negative during the past 24 hours may leave the house daily to purchase food and other necessities.

Locals will be tested for the virus between Thursday and Sunday and are urged not to leave the city unless “absolutely necessary.”

The city government of Chengdu announced that of the 157 new local illnesses registered on Thursday, 51 showed no symptoms.

China has remained committed to its zero-tolerance virus strategy despite concerns that the approach is stifling its post-pandemic economic recovery. BKM/ Expat Media


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