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China Megacity Chengdu Extends Lockdown as Covid Persists

  • City officials pledge to stop community spread within week
  • Lockdowns becoming more frequent in face of new variants
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WATCH: China’s megacity of Chengdu extended a weeklong lockdown in most downtown areas after Covid cases increased. Stephen Engle reports.Source: Bloomberg
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The Chinese megacity of Chengdu extended a weeklong lockdown in most downtown areas after Covid-19 cases increased, underscoring the government’s commitment to eradicating the virus even as the economic and social costs climb.  

Home to 21 million people and the capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu is the biggest city to shut since Shanghai’s bruising two-month lockdown earlier this year. It reported 116 local cases for Wednesday, compared to 121 Tuesday. Authorities said mass testing will continue and pledged to eliminate community spread of the virus within a week.