Covid in China, lockdown in Chengdu: 21 million people at home
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Covid in China, lockdown in Chengdu: 21 million people at home

The Covid alert in China does not stop. The metropolis of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, has decided to lock down its more than 21 million residents to contain an outbreak of Covid-19. It is the second largest city subject to the measure after Shanghai’s 26 million residents were forced to stay indoors in April (and through May). The move is a new alarm bell for the stability of the economy, under pressure due to the “zero tolerance” at Covid espoused by President Xi Jinping.

The squeeze matured after city officials reported 157 new Covid cases. The pandemic situation is also worsening in Shenzhen and Guangzhou.