Shenzhen, China, closes its electronics market to combat a coronavirus outbreak.

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Shenzhen market
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In an effort to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, authorities in Shenzhen, a city in southern China, closed Huaqiangbei, the largest electronics market in the world, and suspended service at 24 subway stations on Monday. 

Till September 2, three significant structures in the vast region, which is home to thousands of shops providing microchips, telephone parts, and other components to manufacturers, will be shuttered. 

Local government officials acknowledged the shutdown to Reuters on Monday, but three employees claimed building managers had instructed them to work from home.

According to the official local media, subway services at 24 stations in the central districts of Futian and Luohu were also suspended. 

Administration officials in Futian, where the local government is located, declared that parks, karaoke joints, and movie theaters would all be closed until September 2. 

Huaqiangbei, which before the pandemic saw a flurry of international companies eager to source components in China, has been harmed by border controls connected to COVID-19.

The almost 18 million-person tech hub reported nine symptomatic and two asymptomatic instances from tests the day before on Monday. 

Wanxia urban village, which offers inexpensive housing to thousands of low-wage employees like delivery drivers and laborers, was sealed off on Monday morning as a COVID-19 preventative step, despite the fact that there were no positive cases there. 

According to the National Health Commission’s report released on Monday, China reported 1,696 new COVID-19 infections on August 28 of which 352 were symptomatic and 1,344 were asymptomatic.

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