China started its largest coronavirus lockdown since the COVID-19 pandemic began on Monday, conducting mass tests to control an outbreak in Shanghai, per The Associated Press.

Driving the news: Shanghai — China’s largest city with a population of 26 million — will undergo a massive two-phase lockdown as the country struggles to contain a recent COVID-19 outbreak.

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Details: Shanghai’s Pudong financial district will be placed under lockdown from Monday to Friday, according to The Associated Press.

  • Mass testing will begin in that area.
  • Then on Friday, the massive downtown area will begin its lockdown for five days.
  • Residents have been asked to stay home.
  • Deliveries will be sent to specific checkpoints so that there is no face-to-face contact with others.
  • Nonessential businesses and offices will be closed.

Flashback: China has been battling its biggest COVID-19 wave since the pandemic started as COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks, as I reported for the Deseret News.

  • China has pushed a “zero COVID” strategy for its population. But a recent omicron variant outbreak in the country has thrown that strategy into a tailspin.

The bigger picture: Economists don’t expect the lockdown to have a major impact on the global economy, per CNBC.

  • “Travel restrictions and stay-home measures affect consumer spending and services more than factory production, since workers can often stay on-site at industrial parks,” according to CNBC.