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China's Chengdu to lock down millions over COVID outbreak

Cities across country impose fresh curbs as infections spike

Residents in Chengdu line up to be tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 30. The city of 21 million is going into lockdown from Thursday evening.   © AP

SHANGHAI -- Chengdu, one of China's biggest cities, will be locked down from Thursday evening as it battles a COVID-19 outbreak with fresh curbs imposed nationwide including in southern factory hub Shenzhen and the northern port of Dalian.

The measures in Chengdu, home to factories run by Toyota Motor and Apple supplier Foxconn, will affect most of its 21 million people in the biggest shutdown since Shanghai's 25 million residents were confined to their homes for two months earlier this year.

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