China locks down Chengdu

China locks down Chengdu
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Islam News – China has locked down Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, one of its biggest and most economically important cities. It is the country’s most drastic move to stop a coronavirus outbreak since Shanghai went into a damaging two-month lockdown in April.

The move demonstrates that China is again turning to its strict Covid-19 strategy of restricting movement to halt outbreaks. Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, residents in Chengdu, a city of more than 21 million, were no longer allowed to leave their homes without special permission.

Authorities also began citywide mass testing that they said would continue through the weekend. Chengdu reported 157 cases on Wednesday and more than 700 cases since Aug. 25. Officials gave no indication of how long the lockdown might last.

Pushback: People turned to Chinese social media to vent about the news of the lockdown after officials in Chengdu denied rumors of one. Images online showed some Chengdu residents trying to flee the city and others crowding indoor markets in a rush to stock up on food.

Background: China is the last major country in the world to pursue a strategy of eradicating the coronavirus. But the approach is adding to the pressures facing Sichuan, which had already been dealing with drought, heat and wildfires.

Related: Technology companies including Google and Apple are moving some jobs out of China in response to geopolitical tensions and pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions.

Source: The New York Times

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