Friday, July 19, 2024

Shanghai Covid: City shuts down every run for mass testing


The eastern half of the city – which houses about 11 million residents – will be closed at the beginning of the week for four days, while the 14 million people will be closed from Friday. Shanghai government Sunday night said.

Everyone is being asked to participate in a citywide Covid-19 screening to maintain the status of a “green” health code that allows them to access groceries and public areas.

During their lockdowns, people will be prevented from going out, and all non-essential workers must work from home. Public transportation including buses, subways, ferries and taxis will also be suspended in the lockdown areas.

Shanghai recorded 2,678 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday alone, accounting for nearly half of all new cases recorded in China that day, according to the country. National Health Commission.
China’s inability to control the latest outbreak so far has sparked online grumbling from frustrated citizens, with questions about the virus outbreak in Beijing. Zero covid strategy Breaking into the mainstream for the first time.

In Shanghai – a city with some of the best infrastructure in the country – social media complaints suggest that regulations aimed at ensuring residents get what they need have failed, with lockdowns being extended without warning.

“How can I buy groceries?…I can’t get medicines for my kids…How can we order this online when we can’t even get an appointment at the hospital?” One social media user wrote, who said their neighborhood in Shanghai is closed for 15 days.

Officials said they are making “every effort” To secure supplies by supporting residents to use online platforms to get what they need or to arrange bulk purchases and distribution.

To deal with the rising cases across the city, the Shanghai government has distributed rapid antigen test kits to families in low-risk areas, testing more than 14 million people as of Sunday. In an effort to relieve pressure on hospitals. Several indoor stadiums and exhibition centers in the city have been converted into central quarantine facilities for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic Covid-19 patients.

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Although more apartment complexes were closed after Covid-19 cases were discovered, Shanghai was reluctant to implement a citywide lockdown ahead of Sunday’s announcement. “If Shanghai comes to a complete halt, there will be many international cargo ships floating in the East China Sea,” Wu Fan, a medical expert with the city’s epidemic control brigade said on Saturday.

China remains reluctant to impose full city-wide lockdowns despite rising case numbers – the highest since the pandemic began.

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