Shenzhen lifts citywide lockdown as Covid-19 situation seen controllable

Residents queueing to undergo nucleic acid tests for Covid-19 in Shenzhen on March 14, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Chinese tech hub Shenzhen has lifted its week-long lockdown while keeping some restrictions in place, as the municipal government says the spread of the virus is coming under control.

The city will allow government agencies and companies to resume normal operations and production, the government said in a notice posted on its WeChat account on Sunday (March 20).

Citywide bus and subway services will also resume, according to the notice, effective between March 21 and 27.

While the city's Covid-19 situation is still grim, the spread within the community has stopped and is "overall controllable", the government said in the notice.

The move follows a partial lift of restrictions for five districts in Shenzhen last Friday as President Xi Jinping said China will seek to minimise economic and social disruptions to the economy from its Covid-19-zero policy.

The government in Shenzhen will adopt a differentiated approach among factories to keep the industrial supply chain stable, according to the notice.

The city's authority also vowed to maintain strict virus controls in place and warned against public gatherings after the easing of lockdown measures.

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