Shenzhen in China will adopt Covid measures at several levels; Chengdu extends lockdown

A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman for a Covid-19 test on September 2, 2022 in Chengdu, China’s Sichuan province. South China’s tech hub Shenzhen said it would enact tiered virus restriction measures from Monday, while the southwestern metropolis of Chengdu announced an extension of lockdown restrictions, as that the country is grappling with new epidemics.

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South China’s tech hub Shenzhen said it would enact tiered virus restriction measures from Monday, while the southwestern metropolis of Chengdu announced an extension of lockdown restrictions, as that the country is grappling with new epidemics.

Shenzhen, which found itself in lockdown over the weekend on Saturday, announced a new round of Covid-19 testing and pledged to “mobilize all available resources, mobilize all forces and take all possible measures” to eradicate the pandemic.

Separately, Chengdu, which placed its 21 million people under lockdown on Thursday, said the city would keep curbs in place for most of the city and carry out more mass testing from Monday to Wednesday.

China is sticking to its strict zero-Covid policy, even though most other countries have eased restrictions and opted to live with the virus. As a result, new epidemics have become a major risk for the world’s second-largest economy.

Currently, 33 cities are under partial or full lockdown, affecting more than 65 million people, according to an estimate by Chinese financial magazine Caixin.

In Shenzhen, a city of 18 million people, an official said the risks were still considerable.

“Currently, the city’s Covid situation is serious and complex. The number of new infections remains relatively high, and the risk of community transmission still exists,” Lin Hancheng, a public health official from Shenzhen, said during a briefing. a press conference on Sunday evening.

The city reported 89 new locally transmitted Covid infections for September 3, up from 87 a day earlier.

Three-level management

Based on the weekend’s test results, Shenzhen will categorize its areas into three categories, reflecting low, medium and high infection risk, Lin said.

In areas deemed low risk, the city will remove restrictions that confined much of its population to residential complexes over the weekend, although closures will remain in place in “high” and “medium” risk neighborhoods. “.

In areas where infections have been discovered, temporary restrictions would be extended for three days.

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Major districts of Futian, Nanshan and Longhua said entertainment centers like cinemas and KTVS would remain closed and restaurants would allow half-full meals.

Futian District’s Nanyuan Ward will continue to be treated as a medium-risk area due to the relatively high number of positive cases detected, Lin said.

Separately, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, said it would continue to impose Covid lockdown restrictions in most of the city.

Even in two areas where life is allowed to return to normal — Xinjin District and Qionglai Town — indoor dining will continue to be banned, while public activities such as lectures and performances will be banned. strictly limited.

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