“All 16 districts of Shanghai have already achieved zero-Covid at the community level,” said a health official. According to the administration, this means that none of the more than 1,000 new infections reported on Tuesday occurred outside of quarantined areas. Nevertheless, the strict lockdown in the city continues.
Residents express displeasure on social networks
According to the authorities, more than 3.8 million residents of the city were still under the strictest lockdown on Tuesday. The contradiction between the announced “zero Covid” status and the continued restrictions on freedom immediately caused excitement on social networks. “If society has reached zero Covid, why are people in Songjian district still only allowed to go outside every two days,” asked a user on the online service Weibo. “Is this a Shanghai in a parallel universe?” asked another sarcastically.
The city administration announced a gradual reopening of shops over the weekend, but did not give any details.
China continues to adhere to zero-Covid strategy
At the beginning of April, the authorities imposed drastic restrictions in Shanghai due to an outbreak of the omicron variant of the corona virus, which made it extremely difficult to supply the approximately 25 million residents with fresh food and had an impact on global supply chains. Due to the restrictions, there was great dissatisfaction among the population, which citizens expressed in online videos, among other things.
China has been experiencing the worst corona outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic for weeks. The country had relied on rigorous restrictions from the beginning of the pandemic and was thus able to keep the number of infections at a relatively low level by international comparison for a long time. China continues to adhere to a strict zero-Covid strategy, differentiating it from many other countries.