Covid curbs get ramped up as virus runs through Shenzhen and Dalian

These measures and curbs will last for a few days and are an example of the so-called dynamic COVID zero” strategy that aims to contain every outbreak as and when they happen.

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It has been over 2 years since Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic. Despite inoculations and curbs, we see the resurgence of the virus in parts of China once again.

As a result, the governments of Shenzhen and Dalian have resorted to closing down business districts and implementing new lockdowns in parts of these cities. This has raised economic uncertainty and delays in starting school for some.

These measures and curbs will last for a few days and are an example of the so-called dynamic COVID zero” strategy that aims to contain every outbreak as and when they happen.

China sees itself in a precarious situation as the economy performs worse than last month and several other cities like Chengdu (in the Sichuan province) prolong such measures. This will hamper the overall economic growth of the country.

Shenzhen, a city with a population of 17.5 million has implemented strict lockdowns. Shenzhen is of global significance as it is the technology manufacturing hub of the world as parts of smartphones, laptops and several electronics are exclusively produced here.

Nomura Holdings, a Japanese finance company, warned about the effects of lockdowns on Shenzhen and said, “Markets could once again be hit in the next couple of weeks, likely triggering another round of cuts by economists on the street.”

On Tuesday (August 30), Shenzhen’s 2.5 million-person Longhua area halted several entertainment facilities, and wholesale markets, and suspended major events.

Longhua’s District authority has ordered people to show negative results to enter residential zones, restaurants and malls and has put a cap on the number of customers at no more than 50% of their capacity.

The actions came after a similar announcement on Monday that affected three additional districts and more than 6 million people in Shenzhen, which has battled repeated outbreaks of Omicron sub-variants this year.

Although city officials have not yet announced a general postponement of the start of the new school year, six parents of students in elementary and middle schools reported that their institutions had informed them of postponements. Many parents in parent chat groups expressed anxiety over the uncertainty.

The main metropolitan areas in Dalian, a significant port in northeastern China that is essential for the importation of soybeans and iron ore, with a population of about 3 million, went under lockdown on Tuesday. The lockdown is scheduled to remain until Sunday. Only one person from each household may leave the house each day to go shopping for essentials.

Non-essential employees must work from home during the lockdown, and manufacturing enterprises are only allowed to run their necessary and urgent operations.