Chinese Cities Still Under Lockdown, Despite No COVID

( Following the contentious, two-month-long coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, China has once more imposed house arrest on a city with a population of more than 20 million.
A coronavirus lockdown began on Thursday in Chengdu, Central China, and was extended Monday.

After the city reported 71 additional Covid-19 incidents on Sunday, widespread testing is being mandated. Residents are uncomfortable since the limitations are comparable to the Shanghai lockdown, which was also announced incrementally and is in effect until at least Wednesday. Officials indicated the restrictions would only last until then, but residents are skeptical.

Nearly 25 million people were confined to their homes in Shanghai in April and May, with many of them experiencing inadequate food supplies, a lack of medical care, and emotional discomfort.

A weekend lockdown in Shenzhen’s southern tech capital was lifted, but restrictions are still in place in several areas of the city. The announcement had caused panic buying on Friday in the town, which had already experienced a week-long total lockdown in March and now worries a second confinement could occur.

Sunday witnessed 87 new viral infections in Shenzhen. After a spike in coronavirus cases not seen since the first wave of infections in early 2020, it became the largest city China had shut down in March. Hong Kong, which also experienced a record-breaking Covid outbreak around that time, is only about an hour away from the Southern technology hub and special economic zone.

Our World in Data reports more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases in China on Sunday. On April 14 of this year, there were around 29,500 instances, which is over twice as many as in 2020, when there were only 15,000 cases (February 13).

China had effectively implemented a zero-Covid plan for the majority of 2020 and 2021 after the significant lockdowns of Wuhan, and other cities in Hubei province ended in late March and early April of 2020. But since the more contagious Omicron form appeared, it has put China’s zero tolerance policy for the illness to the test.