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Shanghai strengthens COVID blockade on the second day of the curb

Shanghai, March 29 (Reuters)-China’s most populous city strengthens the first phase of the two-stage COVID-19 blockade on Tuesday and will not be tested as the number of new daily cases exceeds 4,400 I asked some residents to stay indoors as long as possible.

Shanghai’s financial hub, with a population of 26 million, roughly divides the city along the Huangpu River on the second day of the blockade, dividing the historic center from the financial and industrial districts in the eastern part of Pudong. It is imposed by staggering the time. test.

The number of cases in Shanghai remains modest by global standards, with a record 4,381 asymptomatic cases and 96 symptomatic cases on Monday, but Shanghai seeks to control a highly infectious variant of Omicron. Therefore, it has become a test site for China’s “Zero Corona” strategy.

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Residents of eastern Huangpu were trapped in a residential area on Monday, but most of the time they were allowed to walk around, but on Tuesday three residents were told by a Reuters neighborhood committee that they were no longer out of the house. He said he wasn’t allowed to leave.

“The kids enjoyed having a picnic yesterday,” said one of the kids who refused to be identified because of privacy concerns.

Wu Chian-yu of the City Health Commission said, “At the critical stage of nuclear weapons, there is a” clear request “to residents not to leave the apartment even if they take their pets for a walk or throw away trash. He told the briefing that it was done. Acid test “.

She said that 8.26 million tests were performed by as many as 17,000 test personnel in a closed district of the city on Monday.

“We shared that a huge number of medical staff, grassroots executives, community workers and volunteers worked very hard at the forefront of epidemic prevention and management,” Wu said. Told.

Signs of frustration are rising on Chinese social media, with dozens of residents flocking to the Weibo platform for the help of relatives and struggling to access medical services.

While China is sticking to plans to curb outbreaks, foreign experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of the blockade in the face of new, highly infectious variants.

Adrian Esterman, a biostatistics expert at the University of South Australia, said:

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A drone footage released by state media showed an empty street under a skyscraper in the city’s Lujiazui financial district. Eastern public transport was closed and all unapproved vehicles were ordered from the street.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange, west of the city, said it has staffed key personnel for key tasks while others are working from home.

A joint venture with General Motors (GM.N) has succeeded in sustaining production by asking workers to sleep on the factory floor, people familiar with the matter said.

Residents of the western part of the city are hoarding in stores and markets in anticipation of the blockade from April 1.

However, the US hypermarket chain Costco Wholesale Corp (COST.O), whose Shanghai store has recently attracted a large number of shoppers, said it closed on Tuesday and has several gyms and shopping malls in the western area. rice field.

The city government has rolled out new measures to help businesses affected by COVID, such as rent exemptions and tax refunds.read more

The Communist Party tabloid Global Times said Peking University economist Khao Hepin said the city’s growth would be hurt, but the national economy wouldn’t suffer much.

Elsewhere, Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province in the northeast, has apologized to 8.5 million residents for food shortages associated with the turmoil caused by containment measures.read more

Shenzhen’s manufacturing center has begun to recover after its closure, but many companies are concerned about the short-term outlook, Securities Times reported.

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Report by Brenda Goh, Samuel Shen, Winni Zhou, Engen Tham, Eduardo Baptista, David Stanway, Shanghai and Beijing Newsrooms, edited by Kenneth Maxwell and Robert Birsel

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