- The number of domestically transmitted infections reported in Chengdu yesterday was 157
- Chengdu is the largest city in China to be locked down since Shanghai in April and May this year
- There was no word on whether the lockdown would be lifted after the mass testing ends on Sunday
There have been orders for residents to stay home. Also, nearly 70 per cent of flights out of and into Chengdu have been suspended.
As a governmental and economic centre, Chengdu is a major transit hub in Sichuan province.
While public transportation continues to operate and citizens are permitted to leave the city if they have a special need, the start of the new school term has been delayed.
According to the rules announced on Thursday, only one family member can go out to buy necessities per day if they have a negative virus test within 24 hours. Also, the capital city of the southwestern province of Sichuan will conduct mass COVID-19 testing from Thursday to Sunday.
It is not known when the lockdown will be lifted.
People in the northeastern city of Dalian and in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, have also been confined to their homes due to similar measures.
The fear of being thrown into a lockdown situation or being quarantined for even being near a positive person has greatly affected people’s work, consumption, and travel habits, reported Associated Press.