BEIJING (AP) – The city of Shanghai is doubling pandemic restrictions after a brief period of easing, disappointing residents who hoped more than a month’s closure would finally ease as new cases dwindle in China’s financial hub.
On Tuesday, service was suspended on the last two subway lines, which were still operating, which means the first time the entire city system has been shut down, according to The Paper, online media.
Teams in white protective suits began entering the homes of people infected with the coronavirus to spray disinfectant, which has raised some concerns about damage to clothing and valuables, and the fact that keys may be left to community volunteers when quarantined. requirement. disinfection workers may be affected.
In some areas, people were ordered to stay in their homes again for a “dormant period” after they were released on limited purchases in recent weeks.
China’s commitment to a “zero COVID-19” strategy as many other countries loosen restrictions and try to live with the virus, demanding a growing economy and human costs. To keep the outbreak under control, more and more extreme measures were required because the omicron variant is so easily spread. The ruling Communist Party of China, which plans to hold a major party congress this fall, is showing no signs of retreating any time soon.
The Fengxian district, a suburban area in southern Shanghai, entered a “dormant period” on Monday, when residents were suspended from leaving their complexes and shops and supermarkets closed except for shipping, according to the Shanghai Media Group.
Employees of one supermarket filled bags with celery, oil and other products in a designated place, where they were picked up by suppliers. Manager Xie Yu said the store is also trying to replenish stocks of goods that are in high demand. “If offline sales resume, customers will be able to buy what they need immediately,” he said.
Escapes from Shanghai are virtually impossible, but this has not prevented the widespread spread on social networks of unofficial leadership, which explains in detail how to navigate in the lock mode and take a seat on several trains and planes leaving the city. Many in the city of 25 million people shared their frustration with the renewed restrictions on chat groups.
The daily number of new cases in Shanghai fell to about 3,000 on Monday, compared to a peak of 26,000 in mid-April. Six more deaths were reported from COVID-19, increasing the number since the outbreak to 553.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Beijing launched another round of three-day mass trials for millions of its residents to prevent the outbreak in the capital to the size of Shanghai. The city, which recorded 74 new cases on Monday, blocked individual buildings and residential complexes, closed about 60 metro stations and banned from eating in restaurantsallows only takeaway and delivery.
The epidemic did not break out, but did not stop. Beijing spokesman Xu Hejian described Tuesday’s situation as a “dead end” and said the city should continue its austerity measures.
Although transportation is rare in Beijing, it is almost non-existent in Shanghai, where the closure lasts longer and extends to the entire city. The AP video, shot on Monday, showed a quiet and uninhabited city where cars and several food delivery drivers on scooters driving on empty roads only occasionally drove by. Most people are in their apartments or residential complexes, although in suburban areas there is some relaxation without new cases in their localities.
But alerts issued in several areas of Shanghai in recent days has ordered residents to stay home and banned them from receiving insignificant supplies as part of a “rest period” that lasts until Wednesday or longer. The measures could be extended depending on the results of mass tests, the reports said. The sudden resurgence of violence took residents by surprise.
On Tuesday, Shanghai official Jin Chen acknowledged complaints about the disinfection of people’s homes, thanked them for their cooperation and said the government would analyze and fix any problems. He said residents can inform crews of any items that require protection.
“Household disinfection is an important part of the overall prevention and control of the epidemic,” he said at a daily press conference on viruses.
Constitutional law professor Tong Zhiwei recently published an article urging Shanghai to stop what he called “excessive pandemic prevention measures” such as quarantine and forcing them to hand over house keys, saying the demands were against the rule of law.
The article has been removed from the internet as the government censors criticism of its response.
Thousands of people were expelled to quarantine centers after a positive test or contact with an infected person, the standard procedure in China is without COVID.
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