Guangzhou follows Shenzhen, fears lockdown will shake the economy of southern Ch

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Zero covid measures Tensions began in the southern region. because it is an important source of production in the country

On August 31, 2022, VOA reported that local authorities in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, southern China. Issued measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 together with the city of Shenzhen This has affected trade and daily life in the two cities, South China's most vibrant economic metropolises.

This week, several major cities in China have stepped up their COVID-19 control regulations. affecting the activities of tens of millions of people

Officials confirmed that The measures are taken to take into account the balance between economic needs and the outbreak. He stressed that the measures would only take a few days, but many smaller cities may extend the time.

The shops in Shenzhen were silent. After the coronavirus outbreak, Aug. 31, 2022. REUTERS/David Kirton
a policy called "Dynamic COVID Zero" distorts data Coupled with China being the world's second largest economy, its economic growth will slow down to its former capital. As other countries gradually loosen their coronavirus regulations

Guangzhou is located near Hong Kong. The city of nearly 19 million people reported only five local infections on Tuesday, Aug. 30, but authorities ordered indoor entertainment venues to be closed and restaurants not to be eaten until Saturday. Y.

Medical personnel collect secretions for nucleic acid testing from people in Liwan County, Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, April 9, 2022 / Xinhua.
It also ordered kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools to postpone the start of the fall semester. and suspend teaching at schools that have just begun to return to the old format Buses and subways in the area have also been reduced.

Shenzhen, which has at least four districts, with a combined population of about 9 million, has been ordered to shut down entertainment and cultural businesses. including reducing eating in restaurants for 2-3 days

The combined economic output of Shenzhen and Guangzhou was 5.89 trillion yuan, or about 29.45 trillion baht last year. Equivalent to half of the gross domestic product or the GDP of South Korea

According to Capital Economics, 41 cities, representing 32 percent of China's GDP, are currently facing the outbreak. which is the highest number since April

Julian Evans-Pritchard Senior China economist at Capital Economics said the current economic disruption is moderate. But the devastating effects of lockdowns are on the rise. if unavoidable It is expected that economic growth will decrease in the future.

On Aug. 30, China's National Health Commission reported 1,675 new cases, compared with 1,717 the day before. They are mainly found in Tibet and Sichuan Province.

Meanwhile, trade hubs such as Shanghai tightened restrictions on large gatherings. and avoid gatherings In Shanghai, two new coronavirus cases were reported in the local area on Tuesday, August 30, including one from the community.

Wu Qianyu, Shanghai health worker said in a press release that Large meetings and events involving intercity and regional travel will need to be scaled down, postponed, or converted to online meetings where possible.

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