Millions of people in Shanghai will continue to live under the lockdown rule after authorities reverse plans to ease the Covid ban.
A two-point lockdown was issued last week Inside ChinaAfter the largest financial center in the city Coronavirus Outbreak.
Officials planned to lift a lockdown in the western districts of the city today, but the ban has now been extended until further notice.
With more than 13,000 asymptomatic cases reported on Monday, it’s time for authorities to fight the outbreak of COVID – up from 8,500 the previous day.
More than 25 million people were tested in the space of 24 hours, and notable cases dropped to 268 on Monday, up from 425 a day earlier.
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About 38,000 medical personnel from other parts of China have been deployed in Shanghai, which state media has described as the largest nationwide medical operation since Wuhan’s first lockdown in January 2020.
On Monday evening, officials announced that more restrictions would be imposed on transport networks and more subway lines would be suspended.
China’s vice-premier in charge of the COVID-19 response, Sun Chunlan, said prevention and control work in Shanghai was at a “critical stage” and that every resident needed to be examined.
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Michael Hirson, a Chinese analyst with Eurasia Group Consultancy, said: “The most interesting thing about Shanghai is the difficulty that the authorities are having in terms of logistical management, especially the state of centralized quarantine facilities.”
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“Given that Shanghai has a very capable government, the current problems have created a warning for local governments across China where power is not so great and large outbreaks could extend resources further.”