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China Locks Down Almost 1 Million People Near iPhone Factory

  • Zhengzhou city orders residents in one district to stay home
  • President Xi Jinping signaled no change to Covid Zero rules
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President Xi: China's Covid Measures Have Protected People

The iPhone manufacturing hub of Zhengzhou locked down one of its most-populated districts to tame a virus flareup, with creeping restrictions throughout China underscoring the constant threat of disruption companies face while the country sticks to Covid Zero.

Almost 1 million residents of Zhongyuan district were ordered to stay at home starting Monday, except for when they need to undergo Covid testing, and non-essential businesses have been shut, according to a government notice. The wider restrictions follow the lockdown of some neighborhoods last week, catching many people by surprise after officials had said there wouldn’t be a citywide lockdown.