City Of 21 Million People Gets Shut Down

(FiveNation.com)- On Thursday, the city of Chengdu in China practically fell into lockdown as officials scrambled to contain a new COVID-19 outbreak, affecting about 21 million people.
China is the final major economy to adhere to a zero-COVID policy, which uses mass testing, immediate shutdowns, and extended quarantines to end viral outbreaks.

In an official notification, the southwest city of Chengdu said that citizens must “remain home in principle” as of Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (10:00 GMT) to combat a fresh wave of diseases.

If they have tested negative in the preceding 24 hours, each home will be permitted to send one person out to acquire groceries and necessities daily.
It advised them not to leave the city unless “absolutely necessary” and stated that all residents would be tested for the virus between Thursday and Sunday.

The notification stated that the situation with epidemic control was “abnormal, complicated, and dismal” and that the actions were taken to “decisively arrest the outbreak’s progress and assure the health of all inhabitants.”

On Thursday, 157 new local infections were reported in Chengdu, of which 51 had no symptoms, according to a separate announcement from the city administration.

According to a news report on Thursday in state-affiliated media, children in at least ten cities and provinces are experiencing disruptions at the start of the new academic year in China as pandemic restrictions force schools to adapt to measures like online learning.

A significant testing effort has been implemented in Xining, the capital of western Qinghai province and home to 2.5 million people, and residents of its main urban area have been instructed to work from home for three days.

New virus limitations will be in effect starting at 6:00 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Thursday in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district, which is home to the corporate offices of tech behemoths Tencent and ZTE.
The district government announced that it had shut down bars, theaters, and karaoke clubs as well as begun demanding residents to provide proof of a recent COVID test that was negative before entering their housing compounds.

Despite interruptions from the rapidly spreading Omicron strain and worries that the tactic impedes its post-pandemic economic recovery, China has maintained its zero-tolerance virus strategy.

After over 80,000 visitors were left stuck in a vacation city because of a COVID-19 flare-up last month, holidaymakers in the southern island province of Hainan protested.
As authorities attempted to impose local lockdowns in reaction to two suspected cases, social media images from the eastern megacity of Shanghai showed terrified crowds escaping from an Ikea shop and another structure.