Covid-19: Shanghai to do two-step lockdown to test Chinese

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The Chinese financial center of Shanghai announced this Sunday (27) that it will lockdown in the city in two stages to carry out tests for covid-19 over a period of nine days, after having reported a new daily record of asymptomatic infections.

Officials said they would divide Shanghai into two regions for the exercise, using the river that flows through the city, Huangpu, as a guide. Districts east of the river, and some west, will come into lockdown and will be tested between March 28 and April 1. In the remaining areas, the measure takes place between April 1st and 5th.

Public transport in these areas will be suspended while they are in lockdownthe city government said on its official WeChat account, adding that unapproved vehicles will not be allowed on the roads.

The government also said that all companies and factories will suspend manufacturing or work remotely during the lockdownexcept those involved in the provision of public services or the provision of food.

“We urge the public to support, understand and cooperate with the city’s epidemic prevention and control work and participate in testing … in an orderly manner,” the government added.

Shanghai has been battling a new outbreak of Covid-19 for nearly a month, and on Saturday it recorded its highest number of daily cases of the disease since the initial outbreak in China subsided.

The city reported 2,631 new asymptomatic cases, representing nearly 60% of the total new asymptomatic cases in China that day, in addition to 47 new symptomatic cases.

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Translated to english by RJ983

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