(Bloomberg) – Major Apple Inc. has shut down 17.5 million people living in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for at least a week. Prompted the supplier to stop production at the main technology center and prevent Jill from leaving for the first time. An entire province has been sealed since the dramatic locks of Wuhan and the vast Hubei in 2020.
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The Shenzhen lockout, which comes after virus cases doubled to nearly 3,400 nationwide, will be followed by three rounds of city-wide, mass testing. The order, called with little notice on Sunday, follows an earlier restriction imposed in Shenzhen’s central business district and will last until March 20.
In the northeastern Jilin, which has a population of 24 million on the border between Russia and North Korea, people have been asked not to leave or travel, especially in the provincial capital, Changchun, and the nicknamed Jilin, where most of the provinces are infected. Found. Changchun, a city of about 9 million people, was already locked up last week, forcing Toyota Motor Corporation to shut down its plant there.
In Shenzhen, all bus and subway systems were closed, and businesses were closed except for the provision of essential services. Employees were instructed to work from home if possible. Technology giants Huawei Technologies Co. And Tencent Holdings Ltd. And one of China’s busiest ports – except in certain circumstances – where residents are barred from leaving the city. Shenzhen Yandian port is still operational despite strict Govt restrictions.
Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn, has said it will stop operations on its Shenzhen platforms, one of which makes iPhones. The Chinese-headquartered company in Shenzhen did not specify the length of the strike, although it said it would redistribute production to other plants in the country. Chipmaker Umigron Technology Corporation has also stopped publishing.
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The increase in Shenzhen infections is thought to be related to the uncontrolled outbreak in neighboring Hong Kong, which went from a few cases to more than 30,000 in about a month. Following the Govt explosion in Shanghai, most schools returned to online learning and travel within the city was banned. Bus services from other provinces were suspended over the weekend, and China’s air traffic regulation is in talks with airlines to divert all international flights to the financial hub, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.
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Jill’s seal is the first full-fledged provincial lockout since China closed more than 50 million people in Hubei in early 2020 to prevent the deadly spread of the corona virus following its appearance in the provincial capital, Wuhan. Jillin is one of China’s largest mineral reserves and is an important agricultural region. Its industries are mainly concentrated around the grain, timber, automobile and railway sectors.
For example, the refinery at China National Petroleum Corporation in Jilin produces petrochemicals and plastics that are shipped to factories that make automobiles and other industrial components. Any supply snarl would indicate a knock-on delay in the car production line.
The growing clusters formed by the highly contagious Omigron variant in China’s most developed major cities and economic zones have become an unprecedented challenge to the country’s Govt Zero strategy.
The policy, which has long given China a virus-free and one of the lowest mortality rates in major economies, is increasingly isolating the country as other parts of the world open up and live with the virus.
Until now, authorities have largely resisted drastic measures such as locking up in major Chinese cities and relied heavily on targeted responses, only to see Omigran continue to spread. As a way to prevent the spread, China is isolating all Govt cases, regardless of severity.
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After China allowed public use on Friday, investors sold tourism-related stocks and reopened China when buying quick-antigen testing kit makers. The Macau casino index fell to a record 10%, with locks and explosions limiting gamblers from the mainland, especially from neighboring Guangdong.
With Omigran in Beijing and the nearby coastal city of Tianjin, cases are on the rise across China. Infections have been reported in several cities in Jiangsu Province, next to Shanghai, and in Guangdong Province, the country’s manufacturing hub.
The worst eruption is in Jilin, which recorded more than 1,000 cases in the community on Sunday and said 3,868 people tested positive for Govt as of 12 noon on Monday.
Authorities are moving quickly to build temporary hospitals in Jilin and the eastern port city of Qingdao to commemorate the early days of the epidemic in Wuhan. Toyota’s joint venture to build RAV4 SUVs in Changchun has suspended operations due to the closure of its plant on Monday, the company was quoted as saying by Nikkei.
Govt Zero tactics led to disruption in other cities, with several rounds of mass testing in Tianjin in January stopping production at another Toyota plant there for more than a week. This approach will make it harder for Beijing to reach its economic growth target by 2022, as the cost of operations will increase, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. Says. However, China on Friday reiterated its commitment to govt zero, saying senior health official Ma Xiaowei should have strict controls and that authorities avoid “war fatigue” in their work.
According to Bloomberg Economics, as of March 9, 14 provinces in China were reported to have a high or medium risk of the virus, accounting for 54.4% of GDP.
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The Govt uprising in Hong Kong has posed an unprecedented challenge to Beijing, with the city’s tight border controls and weeks of isolation from Omigran once it entered the city. Thousands of people have left the Asian financial center and returned to the mainland, with Shenzhen and Shanghai being some of the busiest entry ports.
Hong Kong’s healthcare system and mortuaries are under pressure from a record explosion, pushing its death rate to the highest in the world. Although the number of virus cases in the city appears to be on the plateau over the past week, deaths have increased, especially among the elderly, who had some low vaccination rates despite the high incidence.
The Hong Kong government is still making plans to test all its residents, including how to ensure that essential measures continue if time and operating restrictions are imposed, said Chief Executive Gary Lam. For now, authorities will focus on vaccinating the elderly living in care facilities – which is seeing an increase in deaths – and increasing the number of hospital beds to treat patients, he said.
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Hong Kong, a supporter of Govt Zero, has bluntly set the boundaries of the strategy by chasing Omigron officials past tough border security. There seems to have been little planning about whether the virus would make sense in the city, resulting in scenes similar to those seen in the early days of epidemics in some parts of Italy and the density of Hong Kong in the United States making it difficult to lock up. Down, and despite pressure from Beijing authorities, have so far resisted calling anyone.
While China is publicly committed to eradicating Govt disease, there are signs that the country’s health officials and experts are at least out of their approach and considering how to survive the spread of the virus.
China last month approved Paxlovid, an antiviral pill developed by Pfizer Inc., which was seen by many as evidence of that planning. The introduction of rapid antigen testing on Friday may be a sign that other countries are switching to using home tests when their laboratory testing systems are overwhelmed by the widespread circulation of the virus.
Those familiar with China’s thinking have told Bloomberg that any change before 2023 will be slow and impossible, as President Xi Jinping needs stability in a politically important year.
Zhang Wenhang, one of China’s top epidemiologists advising the Shanghai government, said in a social media post on Monday that despite Omigran being less viral than other types, China’s opening of Zero Zero now could cause a flow. Leading to hospitals and excessive deaths.
He pointed out that the “most” elderly and those suffering from underlying diseases have not yet been vaccinated because of concerns about the side effects of vaccines. If the epidemics spread widely among them, there will be “unthinkable consequences,” Zhang said.
China has expressed concern in the past about geriatric immunization rates in some areas. Although nearly 90% of the country’s 1.4 billion people are fully vaccinated, they do not provide statistics for specific age groups.
(Updates from the first paragraph with Jill’s provincial lock.)
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