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Nearly 300m residents caught in China's latest lockdown wave

Dalian and Chengdu keep extending restrictions; Xinjiang faces food shortages

Parts of the port city of Dalian remain under lockdown days after restrictions were originally set to be lifted. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- More than 20% of China's population is currently under some form of coronavirus-related restrictions, as the country stays the course on its strict "zero-COVID" policy despite the economic cost.

As of Sept. 6, lockdowns or other movement restrictions were in place in 49 cities, covering 291.7 million people, according to Nomura International (Hong Kong).

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