Shenzhen, one of China’s biggest technology hubs, announced that it will adopt tiered Covid-19 measure, classifying its areas into tiers as the virus transmission in the city remains high.
The three-tier measure will be implemented in Shenzhen starting Monday to classify areas as low, medium, and high risk of infection. Shenzhen public health official, Lin Hancheng, said the current Covid situation in Shenzhen is severe and complex.
Authorities will remove restrictions that confined much of Shenzhen’s people to residential compounds over the weekend for the area in low risk, while the lockdown will remain in place in medium and high-risk areas.
The city reported 89 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for September 3, a slight increase from 87 a day earlier.
Most of the 18 million people in Shenzhen had just recently entered a weekend lockdown on Saturday as mass Covid-19 testing began.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government announced a lockdown extension on the biggest city in Sichuan province, Chengdu, placing 21 million people under its restriction measures. The extension covers most of the city, which will follow with a mass testing from Monday to Wednesday. Public activities such as conferences and performances will continue being restricted.
Currently, 33 cities in the world’s second-largest economy are under partial or full lockdown, impacting more than 65 million people living in those cities, according to an estimate by Chinese financial magazine Caixin.