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Shanghai Will Lock Down 16 Million in Toughest Virus Test Yet

  • Second lockdown will ensnare two-thirds of city’s population
  • China’s manufacturing activity contracted in March on virus
Bloomberg business news
WATCH: The lockdown in the eastern-half of Shanghai will be lifted on Friday, but certain compounds will remain sealed off. Source: Bloomberg

Part two of Shanghai’s phased lockdown will see some 16 million people confined to their homes, with residents urged to isolate from members of their own household as authorities seek to curtail a record outbreak that’s brought unprecedented disruptions to the financial hub.

Residents in the western part of the city, where about two-thirds of Shanghai’s population lives, will begin a four-day lockdown at 3 a.m. on Friday. That’s two hours before the eastern half -- home to almost 9 million people -- emerges from their own lockdown that began early Monday morning.