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China COVID lockdowns ensnare 260m people as BA.5 spreads

More cities adopt partial restrictions with cases at 2-month highs

A medical worker tests a Shanghai resident for the coronavirus during a heatwave on July 12.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has roughly a fifth of its population under full or partial lockdowns, according to one count, as another rise in coronavirus cases prolongs the uncertainty hanging over the country's economy.

Restrictions were in place in 41 cities as of Monday, covering 264.1 million people, five times the total a month earlier, according to Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura.

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