Chinese ports ready for closures amid new Covid outbreaks

Major container ports in China are ready to impose closed-loop operations as the country refuses to back down on its zero-Covid-19 policy. The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, home to Yantian and Shekou ports, has extended movement restrictions that began in late August, after more Covid-19 infections were discovered, but stopped short of a full lockdown.

Municipal authorities have asserted that port operations in Yantian and Shekou have remained normal, even as Shenzhen’s population of around 18 million has been urged to stay home.

Shenzhen is where some of China’s biggest companies, including Huawei Technologies and BYD, have their headquarters, and these companies have regarded “closed loop” systems as second nature. Such systems mean that employees can only commute between work and home and make no physical contact with people outside their workplaces.


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