Sanya in Hainan province made headlines last week with partial closures:
A full city-wide lockdown is now in place, “static management”, the new buzzwords of the bureaucrats in charge:
- cases there reached more than 200 on Friday
- travel will be restricted except for those providing essential public services and emergency works
- all public transport will be suspended until further notice
- train ticket sales from Sanya have been suspended
Danzhou, another city in Hainan, announced a partial lockdown starting Saturday.
Outside of that area, cases rose more broadly in China last week. Given that China’s “zero” policy is still in place, it’s not hard to see more lockdowns coming. China is doing what it thinks is best to control epidemics and safeguard people’s health. The country’s approach to infection management imposes costs on the national economy, and therefore on the global economy. There is speculation (which has been around for a long time) that China will abandon its “zero” policy once leader Xi is re-elected to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year.