China locks down 21 million people in Chengdu amid COVID-19 outbreak

China locks down 21 million people in Chengdu amid COVID-19 outbreak
China locks down 21 million people in Chengdu amid COVID-19 outbreak

Chinese authorities have locked down Chengdu, a southwestern city of 21 million, following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Residents have been ordered to stay at home and around 70% of flights have been suspended to and from the city, which is a major transit hub in Sichuan province and a government and economic center.

The start of the new school term has been delayed, although public transport continues to operate and citizens are allowed to leave the city if they can show a particular need.

Under rules announced Thursday, only one member of each family who can show a negative virus test in the past 24 hours is allowed to go out per day to buy basic necessities.

No word has been issued on when the lockdown will be lifted.

Similar measures have seen millions of people confined to their homes in the northeast city of Dalian, as well as in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province which borders the capital Beijing.

Chengdu reported around 1,000 cases in the last outbreak and no deaths in the latest round of national transmissions, but the extreme measures reflect China’s rigid adherence to its “zero-COVID” policy which has come at a heavy cost. tribute to the economy, with lockdowns, business closures and mass testing requirements.

China says the measures are needed to prevent a wider spread of the virus, which was first detected in China’s central city of Wuhan in late 2019. Fear of being caught in a lockdown or sent to a quarantine facility to even be in close proximity to someone who tested positive severely restricted people’s work, drinking and travel habits.


The article is in French

. China locks down million people Chengdu in the outbreak COVID19

. China locks million people Chengdu COVID19 outbreak

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