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How Zero Covid failed again in Chengdu

NEW YORK – Chengdu’s 21 million people went under Covid lockdown on September 1, among 65 million Chinese in 33 cities now held in place under the country’s “Zero Covid” policy, including Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province.

Western media reported that local officials in Chengdu enforced the lockdown even as tremors hit the city from an earthquake in Sichuan that measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Shenzhen had closed its city center and ordered most residents to remain in place last weekend after a spurt of Covid cases. Shenzhen reported 71 new cases on Monday.

Thousands of Chinese factories are now working in a so-called closed loop, in which employees are required to sleep at their factories.