Under protests, China reinforces lockdown against Covid-19



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Zhengzhou, a city in central China, registered

Inner city residents are no longer permitted to leave the area without a negative Covid test and permission from local authorities, and are advised not to leave their houses “unless necessary”, as the Zhengzhou authorities announced.

The restrictions, which will last for five days starting at midnight on Friday (41), affect more than 6 million people, about half of the city’s population. The authorities’ notice, issued after the workers’ protest, also requires all residents of eight districts to submit to a daily PCR test during the five-day period.

The iPhone factory area, which belongs to the big technology group Taiwanese Foxconn, is not affected by local health restrictions, but is under anti-Covid-restrictions for over a month due to increased cases in workers’ dormitories .

07482Last month, workers, surprised by the unexpected confinement inside the factory, had fled the site on foot. In the strict Zero Covid policy that China applies, even a small increase in cases leads to the closure of entire cities. The strategy that is fueling weariness and resentment among much of the population, as the pandemic soon enters its fourth year.

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