China has extended its COVID-19 lockdown for the second time in Chengdu, a city of 21 million people to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. On September 7, authorities announced that COVID-19 lockdown restrictions would remain in effect for most districts of Chengdu, which covers 16 million people. China first imposed a lockdown in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, on September 1.
Notably, authorities have not revealed details of how long the lockdown will last. They said the restrictions would be “dynamically adjusted according to the development of the epidemic and the need for COVID prevention and control”. Chengdu recorded 116 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to around 1,800 over the past month. Authorities say mass testing of people will continue in the city to control the spread of COVID-19.
According CNN, some districts in Chengdu have banned the online delivery of “non-daily necessities”, including coffee, hot pot and barbecue grills. In addition, the authorities have ordered the closure of cafes, bakeries and barbecues. Testing was due to be lifted on Sunday, however, authorities extended the lockdown for most of Chengdu and ordered new rounds of testing. The lockdown and mass testing that has been launched in Chengdu is part of the Chinese authorities’ strict COVID-19 policy, which they have been following since China first reported cases of the new virus.
Confinement imposed on Chengdu despite the earthquake
According PA, authorities in China’s Chengdu imposed strict COVID-19 lockdown measures on the city of 21 million despite a powerful earthquake that claimed the lives of at least 65 people in outlying areas. In visuals circulating online, workers were seen wearing protective gear warning residents not to violate COVID-19 protocols. Buildings in Chengdu were rocked by the earthquake, however, no damage was reported in the city.
Cases of COVID-19 in China
According to China’s National Health Commission, the Chinese mainland reported 280 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on September 7. As of September 8, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 246,027 in China. Among them, 234,540 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital. The total number of reported deaths due to the new virus is 5,226.