More Chinese cities are imposing COVID restrictions as Shanghai cases rise
More Chinese cities are imposing COVID restrictions as Shanghai cases rise

More Chinese cities are imposing COVID restrictions as Shanghai cases rise

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai on Saturday reported a record number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases, and other areas across China imposed restrictions as the country continued its “dynamic clearance” approach aimed at eradicating the very transferable Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Zhengzhou Airport’s Economic Zone, a key Chinese manufacturing area that includes Apple Inc supplier Foxconn, announced on Friday a 14-day shutdown “to be adjusted according to the epidemic situation”.

In northwestern China, the city of Xian on Friday urged residents to avoid unnecessary trips outside their residential areas and urged companies to get employees to work from home or stay at their workplace after dozens of COVID-19 infections this month. Read more

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A Xian government official, responding to residents’ concerns about potential food shortages, said Saturday that the announcement did not constitute a shutdown and that the city would not impose one.

Shanghai, at the center of China’s recent outbreak, on Saturday reported a record 3,500 symptomatic cases for April 15, as well as 19,923 asymptomatic cases. The number of asymptomatic cases increased slightly from 19,872 cases a day earlier.

The city’s COVID cases make up the vast majority of cases nationwide, though most of its 25 million residents remain under lockdown.

The lingering and extended restrictions highlight broad supply chain disruptions that are expected to lead to delays in shipments from companies, including Apple. Read more

Economists also say the borders will weigh on the country’s economic growth rate this year.

China’s central bank on Friday night cut the amount of cash that banks must keep as reserves, with the aim of mitigating a sharp slowdown in growth. Read more

On Friday, the head of the Chinese electric car marker Xpeng arrived (9868.HK) said carmakers may have to stop production next month if suppliers in Shanghai and the surrounding areas are unable to resume work. Read more

The city of Suzhou, near Shanghai, said on Saturday that all employees who are able to work from home should do so, and residential complexes and business campuses should avoid unnecessary access of people and vehicles. It has reported more than 500 infections in its recent outbreak.

At the Zhengzhou facility, only staff with valid passports, health codes and evidence of negative COVID tests will be able to leave the zone during the period, although “special vehicles” will be able to travel normally for work reasons, authorities in the financial zone in a post on an official WeChat instant messaging account.

Foxconn, the trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (2317.TW)Reuters referred to its statement on Thursday, which said that its Zhengzhou plant cooperated with the government’s epidemic control work and that the plant’s operation was normal.

In total, China reported 24,791 new coronavirus cases on April 15, of which 3,896 were symptomatic and 20,895 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said Saturday.

That compares with 24,268 new cases a day earlier – 3,486 symptomatic and 20,782 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

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Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Edited by Himani Sarkar, Raju Gopalakrishnan and Edmund Klamann

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