The pandemic situation in Yiwu city, Zhejiang province continues to spread, the whole city implemented “static management” measures for three days, and most businesses temporarily suspend operation. Small- and medium-sized business owners suffered heavy losses, some residents complained about the lack of vegetables.
“Static management” is a term used in the CCP’s pandemic prevention and control. According to NetEase, it means banning people in the controlled area from leaving their homes, forcing them to quarantine at home, they are prohibited from leaving the area unless absolutely necessary, and they will return immediately after taking nucleic acid testing. All residents in the area must take nucleic acid testing, no one can be left out.
A new COVID-19 outbreak in Yiwu started on Aug. 2. According to the Global Times, as of 9 am on Aug. 11, the city of Yiwu had reported a total of 500 local cases of COVID-19 infection, of which 459 were asymptomatic. The virus causing this outbreak is the Omicron variant BA.5.1.3
On Aug. 10, the WeChat public account named “Yiwu Announcement,” of the Yiwu City COVID-19 Pandemic Prevention and Control Command Committee, issued a notice:
Starting at midnight on Aug. 11, Yiwu city implemented a three-day static management measure and the whole city (except for Dachen, Chian and other high-risk areas) will refer to the lockdown and control measures of medium-risk areas, implementing “do not leave the accommodation area”; High-risk areas (closed and controlled areas) will implement a “do not step out of the house, door-to-door services” measure. Almost all public places are suspended.
During the “static management” period, in addition to the officially regulated businesses, those that meet the closed management conditions are allowed to continue manufacturing and trading, the rest will suspend operations.
On Aug. 12, a female factory owner specializing in Korean goods in Yiwu told The Epoch Times, “The local area is on lockdown and companies have suspended operations. Can people afford to pay their mortgage if they cannot go to work? Can they survive this? 80% of China’s retail exports are basically produced in Yiwu. Now containers cannot get into Yiwu and there is nothing you can do.”
She said the local government only provides citizens with rice and oil, no vegetables. “The government doesn’t care about the people, even if they starve to death,” she said. “The problem now is not about exporting goods, but about preserving lives, due to not having food to eat. The citizens do not have any provisions.”
The Epoch Times quoted netizen “Yiyi-” who posted on Weibo on Aug. 11, “The entire Yiwu city implements a 3-day static management. We rely on buying food from outside every day to live. Today, outside shopping has been suspended and stores are closed. Do you want to take our lives within three days?
Y Cai newspaper reported that a large number of small- and medium-sized enterprises are not eligible for closed-loop production. Early in the morning on Aug. 11, Li Ting (pseudonym), director of a small- and medium-sized enterprise in Yiwu International Trade City, received a notice that “all businesses will immediately suspend operations and all employees will leave the office.”
Li said that since last week, many e-commerce stores have stopped selling and delivering, the impact of the pandemic is huge. As an industrial and commercial enterprise, their production activities were also hindered. “Parts suppliers report that they cannot deliver as planned. For our company, it is basically a deadlock and heavy losses,” he said.
Xiazhu Village, Jiangbei District, Yiwu City, known as the “First Live Broadcasting Village of Internet Celebrities” (referring to sales through livestream), also stopped delivering goods from the beginning of August.
Jin Haomin, vice president of the village’s social e-commerce association, said that during the lockdown, the business operations of local small and micro enterprises must have been affected. The number of live broadcasters has also decreased significantly.
CNS reported on Aug. 11 that Yiwu’s products are exported to more than 210 countries and regions around the world, and foreign trade accounts for 70% of the city’s total trade. For a long time, Yiwu Commodity Market has been one of the most concentrated purchasing places for foreign merchants and is famous for its light industry trade and vibrant market. It is also a regional tourist destination. Before the pandemic, every year, over 560,000 foreign businessmen came to Yiwu to purchase goods. Business Insider calls it “The World’s Largest Wholesale Market.”
However, due to the impact of the current pandemic, the trips of hundreds of foreign merchants to Yiwu market to purchase goods may be delayed.
Hong Kong media – Sing Tao Daily reported that recently, 107 Indian traders and 163 Pakistani traders flew to Hangzhou. According to the plan, these foreign traders were to go directly to Yiwu market after the end of the lockdown. However, due to the current pandemic situation, their purchasing trip will be delayed.
According to last year’s data, Xiazhu Village, Jiangbei District, has a total of 5,500 suppliers and 1,200 stores. More than 2,000 merchants come to shop per day. Every day, more than 2 million couriers are sent from this city. The average daily visitor traffic exceeds 50,000.
In addition, the Yiwu government asked citizens “not to leave Yiwu unless necessary, and not to go to Yiwu unless necessary.” From Aug. 12, Yiwu Railway Station traffic was suspended, the business of transporting passengers to the station and selling tickets was also suspended.