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Shenzhen Tells Most Residents to Stay Home, as Covid-19 Controls Tighten Across China

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About 80,000 tourists are stranded on the Chinese island of Hainan, which local authorities call “the Hawaii of China,” after a surge in Covid-19 cases triggered a lockdown. All flights leaving the city of Sanya have been canceled since Saturday. Photo: Guo Cheng/Zuma PressSINGAPORE—China’s southern technology hub of Shenzhen is shutting down the city center over the weekend, as more parts of the country tighten Covid-19 controls to battle a new wave of infections just weeks ahead of a high-profile Communist Party congress.

Shenzhen officials have suspended subway and bus service in the area and are telling most residents to stay home, as they conduct rounds of Covid-19 testing on Saturday and Sunday for roughly 90% of the city’s 18 million residents. Local authorities said Friday that one person in each household would be allowed to go out for groceries once in that period.

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