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China Locks Down Megacity Chengdu as Covid Zero Intensifies

  • City of 21 million is biggest to be locked down since Shanghai
  • Electronics, automaker supply chains at risk of disruption
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WATCH: The Chinese metropolis of Chengdu will lock down its 21 million residents starting Thursday night. Colum Murphy reports.Source: Bloomberg
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The Chinese metropolis of Chengdu locked down its 21 million residents to contain a Covid-19 outbreak, a seismic move in the country’s vast Western region that has largely been untouched by the virus.

The capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu is the biggest city to shut down since Shanghai’s bruising two-month lockdown earlier this year. The move -- which will upend the lives of millions of people and businesses, with repercussions for China’s economy and beyond -- shows the country’s commitment to the Covid Zero approach espoused by President Xi Jinping, despite the disruption it’s causing.