The Chinese city of Chengdu, in the southwest of the country and with almost 16 million inhabitants, began a confinement on Thursday to try to contain a new outbreak of covid-19.
China is the last major economy in the world that maintains a ‘covid zero’ strategy to eradicate the virus, which includes restrictions on international travel, quarantines, large-scale testing and severe lockdowns.
Chengdu authorities released a statement urging residents to “stay at home” from 6pm on Thursday to fight a new wave of contagions.
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One person from each household will be able to go out a day to buy food and essential products, but the resident must present a negative covid test done in the last 24 hours.
Between Thursday and Sunday, all residents will undergo examinations. The government urged people not to leave the city except in “absolutely necessary” cases.
“The current state of epidemic control is abnormal, complex and dismal,” the local government document states. The measures are intended to “stop the spread of the outbreak and ensure the health of all citizens”, he adds.
Chengdu recorded 157 new local infections on Thursday, 51 of them asymptomatic, according to authorities.
In other regions of China, children in at least 10 cities and provinces face the interruption of the school year: control of the pandemic forces schools to adopt measures such as virtual classes, according to a statement published by a newspaper linked to the state-run People’s Daily.
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