Because of a new Covid-19 outbreak, the Chinese regime has semi-locked down the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang Province, an important port and export center.
The Epoch Times citing official data, reported that since the first new cases were recorded on August 2, Covid-19 has rapidly spread in Yiwu. On August 4, the number of infected cases was 135.
According to the authorities, Yiwu people are required to be tested for Covid-19. They are not allowed to enter or go out of residential areas without permission from authorities.
The order also required only those with a test negative for Covid-19 within 24 hours can go to public places. Meanwhile, non-essential services, public transportation, and most tourist areas have all been closed in the city of 1.85 million people.
Zhang Xiaofeng, a seller at the Small Commodity City in Yiwu, told ET, “The outbreak this time is serious, and there are many confirmed cases in Jiangdong district. Most businesses in Yiwu Small Commodity City are temporarily shut down, and the economic loss is huge. Dining-in is prohibited, but takeaways are still allowed, for now.”
Yiwu City has been the world’s largest wholesale hub for many years. In addition, this city, located in the east of China, is an important port and export center for various small commodities worldwide.
According to ET, more than 2 million small and medium-sized enterprises in mainland China have business activities related to Yiwu.
The Chinese regime’s decision to continue applying a Zero-Covid policy, with a lockdown as the basis, to Yiwu raises concerns that supply chains, especially for small commodities, will be seriously hurt.