China’s metropolis Chengdu again extends Covid lockdown

Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province with a population of 21 million, lockdown on september 1stbecame the largest Chinese metropolis to stop The city has also been Apple’s main production hub since Shanghai went into a painful two-month lockdown in the spring.
On Sunday, when city-wide tests were to end, Chengdu extended the lockdown Large parts of the city have ordered another round of mass testing by Wednesday.
Wednesday night, announced by the authorities Lockdown measures to be extended again in most districts covering 16 million people.Extensive testing continues The city aims to eliminate community-acquired infections within a week.

Officials did not say when the lockdown would end, only saying that restrictions “will be adjusted dynamically based on the evolution of the epidemic and the need for (Covid) prevention and control.”

Chengdu reported 116 infections on Wednesday, bringing its total cases to nearly 1,800 over the past month. This is a sizeable outbreak according to the criteria of China’s zero Covid strategy.

“3 days, 3 days, 3 more days, when will the lockdown end?” a Chengdu resident wrote on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.

Some districts have banned online delivery of so-called “non-daily necessities” such as tea, coffee, pots and barbecues. Cafes, bakeries and barbecue his joints have also been ordered to close, according to government notices.

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Across China, on the final countdown to October’s Communist Party Congress, when President Xi Jinping is expected to secure a norm-breaking third term in office, there is tremendous pressure on local authorities to eradicate the epidemic at all costs. exposed to

More than 70 cities have been under full or partial Covid lockdowns since late August, affecting more than 300 million people, according to a CNN tally.

As of Wednesday, China has 1,604 high-risk areas, 1,730 intermediate-risk areas and 309 low-risk areas, according to China’s National Health Commission. Risk areas vary in size from shops to entire residential complexes. People in high-risk areas are strictly prohibited from leaving their homes, while those in moderate-risk areas are confined to their homes.

In some cities, authorities seem unprepared for lockdowns, causing severe food shortages.

Guiyang, the capital of southwestern Guizhou province, placed its main district under a four-day lockdown on Monday after reporting 132 cases. By Wednesday, many Guiyang residents took to social media to ask for help with the food shortage.

State media said the situation looked particularly dire in Huaguoyuan, a huge housing complex housing about 400,000 people. Posts circulating on social media show screenshots of residents begging for food, with some claiming they have been starving for three days.

The local government acknowledged the problem and apologized for the shortage of supplies in a statement Wednesday. I am doing my best for you,” he said.

Yang Rui, a Kaguokuen resident, said he received supplies from the government on Thursday morning, but many others have not received them yet. It will take time,” she said.

Guiyang is home to Apple’s China data center. Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, which built a data center with Apple, said in a letter to staff published on the company’s official WeChat account: Staff) go home once a week I couldn’t get a full night’s sleep all week. “

CNN reached out to Apple for comment on the ongoing lockdowns in Chengdu and Guiyang.

In Shanghai, Disney hotel guests were hit by a two-day lockdown on Wednesday after authorities discovered a former hotel guest had been in close contact with a Covid patient.

And in Beijing, authorities are scrambling to contain an outbreak centered on a university campus. The city reported 14 community infections on Tuesday and 10 on Wednesday.

China reported 1,439 new infections nationwide on Wednesday, according to the National Health Commission.

CNN’s Alex Stambaugh contributed to the report.


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