The city of Shanghai will enforce confinement by sectors to try to flatten the virus infection curve. COVID-19 who reaches back ChinaDue to the micron version – informed the local authorities this Sunday (27).
With 25 million residents, China’s largest city will confine its eastern side for five days, to test from this Monday (28). From 1st April, Will do the same with the western part.
In recent days, the metropolis has become the epicenter of a new wave of infections across China, which began to intensify in early March.
Public Health Commission announces 4,500 new cases in last 24 hoursMore than a thousand less than the previous days, but much higher than the numbers for the last two years.
So far, Shanghai has refrained from adopting a total lockdown, as officials consider it imperative to keep both the port and the city’s financial center open to protect the national and international economy.
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The eastern part of the city, Pudong, previously limited, contains the international airport and the financial district of the metropolis.
In the western part of Puxi, which will be limited from April 1, on the banks of the Huangpu River that runs through the city, is the famous historical artery of the Bund.
Officials urged residents to stay at home and urged all employees in both the public and private sectors not to work on essential services to do so.
Exceptions refer to healthcare workers, transportation workers and people working in the supply of electricity, gas or food products.
Buses, taxis and the subway have stopped working, but it is not known at the moment the impact of the measures on port activities or on trains and planes serving Shanghai.
Shanghai and Jilin are currently the most affected areas by the epidemic.
Chinese officials are also watching nervously how a wave of omicrons in Hong Kong has claimed a large number of victims of unvaccinated elderly people.
Its subsequent spread in mainland China has created a dilemma for officials, who wonder how strongly they should respond.
Although this is very low compared to other countries, China currently has the highest number of infections since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan in December 2019.