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Anger in Shanghai as Covid Return Spurs Fear of New Lockdown

Tension is spreading through Shanghai as residents watch the Covid-19 caseload tick higher, fueling fears they’re headed back into lockdown little more than five weeks after exiting a bruising two-month ordeal.



(According to Bloomberg) – Residents in Shanghai are on edge as the Covid-19 caseload rises, fueling fears that they’ll be forced back into lockdown less than five weeks after escaping a grueling two-month ordeal.

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The number of new infections in the city rose to 59 on Monday, making it the fourth day in a row that the case count has topped 50. On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, there will be two additional rounds of mass testing in nine of Hong Kong’s 16 districts, as well as in other areas where cases have been found, as a response to the discovery of the more contagious BA.5 sub-strain in the omicron variant of the virus.

Despite China’s strict Covid Zero approach, outbreaks have flared across the country as a sub-variant has arrived that has fueled rising caseloads in other countries. Over 30 million people are already restricted from leaving their homes to slow the spread of infection, but authorities have avoided imposing complete curfews in economically important areas.


A total of 347 cases were reported on Monday across the country. Nearly 80 percent of the cases in Henan province have been clustered around Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong and Macau.

In early Tuesday trading, China’s CSI 300 Index rebounded from Monday’s 1.7 percent plunge, which was sparked by fears of another Shanghai lockdown.

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Multiple rounds of testing and individual residential compound lockdowns in Shanghai, where officials declared victory over the virus just a month ago, are bringing back painful memories for the city’s residents. For much of April and May, draconian measures kept the population confined to their homes, where they struggled to get food and medical care, causing enormous economic damage and stirring up anti-government sentiment unlike anything seen in years.


Because of this, China is sticking to its Covid Zero strategy: QuickTake.

It’s no secret that the city of 25 million people is concerned about the possibility of a return to stricter adherence to Covid Zero, a strategy that has kept China isolated from the rest of the post-pandemic world.

Covid flareups emerged whenever there was a glimmer of hope for a rebound in June.” Shanghai cab driver Cui described it as a “curse.” “Every day we are losing money. “I don’t think I’ll be able to stay there for long,” I said.

For the month of June, Cui, who refused to give his full name out of fear of reprisals, said business was only 30 percent normal, not enough to cover the cost of renting his taxi. “I wonder how those policy makers will feel if the entire country is starved to death,” he said.


As the number of cases rises, Maggie Xu, a 40-year-old architect, is responding by getting organized.

This includes 18 pounds of rice, 30 rolls of sanitary napkins, a large bottle of cooking oil, and a few bags of salt and sugar. To supplement official deliveries that ceased during the previous lockdown, Xu organized group purchases for residents of her compound in Shanghai’s Pudong area. She has already received requests from neighbors to lock in some orders in the last few days.

Though rational thinking tells me that another citywide lockdown is unlikely because it will undoubtedly cause social turmoil, fear is spreading among people including myself,” she said. Uncertainty is something that I despise,” he says. We’re not sure if we’ll be quarantined or confined to our homes starting tomorrow. No plans can be made because of this.

A key tenet of a strategy developed as early as the original Wuhan outbreak is that China sends all positive Covid cases and their close contacts to government-run isolation facilities. Although most countries have moved on from the pandemic, China has become an exception with its ongoing, hardcore anti-virus methods, with President Xi Jinping rebuking the “lying flat” approach of the West, which he considers counterproductive.


Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned of the dangers of “herd immunity,” and he has vowed to continue using Covid Zero in the event of a lockdown in some areas of Shanghai.

On the evening of July 10th, authorities in eastern Shanghai informed residents of a planned lockdown after one of its residents tested positive while on business outside the city. According to one of the city’s residents, the order sparked a public outcry because it would cause problems for students preparing for high school entrance exams.

Since July 8, there had been no positive test results, and all residents had been negative for two days, some questioned whether it made sense to lock down the entire residential complex.

Since the discovery of one case on July 7, a housing complex in central Shanghai, home to more than 4,000 people, has been locked down. At least a week has been imposed on residents of the same building as the patient, who has been quarantined in his or her own apartment. Additional rounds of PCR testing will extend the lockdown, if further cases are found.


Some residents reacted with anger and disbelief when the lockdown was announced in a WeChat room for residents.

Posts like “Enough is enough” have appeared online. In the last four months, we’ve made “enough ridiculous moves.”

In practice, the Covid management policy is being over-implemented. Another neighbor chimed in, “Who cares about our human rights? “.

A national case tally is included in the fourth paragraph, as well.


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