Parts of Shanghai impose new COVID-19 lockdown measures

Parts of Shanghai began imposing new lockdown restrictions on Thursday, forcing residents of the sprawling Minhang district to stay at home for two days in an effort to contain COVID-19 transmission risks.

Home to more than 2 million people, Minhang will conduct nucleic acid testing for all residents on June 11, and the restrictions will be lifted once the tests are complete, the government said on its WeChat account.

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Shanghai reported four new confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, all in zones already under quarantine. None of the new cases were in Minhang district.

Shanghai came out of a two-month citywide lockdown last week, but some residential complexes have been shut down again as authorities continue to pursue a “dynamic zero-COVID” policy aimed at shutting down transmission chains as quickly as possible.

Several street-level government agencies have issued notices saying residents will be locked up for two days from Thursday and another 12 days of rigorous testing.

According to reports from at least three neighborhoods in Shanghai, residents will be subjected to five rounds of mandatory testing ending June 23, and will be kept indoors until Saturday.

Zhao Dandan, the deputy head of Shanghai’s health commission, told a briefing on Tuesday that the city would continue to implement restrictions even in areas not classified as “high risk”.

“Based on the assessment of epidemic prevention and control trends, related measures will be dynamically adjusted,” he said. “We hope the public will continue to understand and cooperate.”

The restrictions have sparked protests among residents, and business groups have also said the continued preoccupation with “zero COVID” could cause foreign companies to reconsider their presence in Shanghai.

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“One of the biggest problems facing foreign companies is the level of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions,” said Alexandra Hirst, senior policy analyst at the British Chamber of Commerce in China.

“This unpredictability and heightened risk is causing many companies to delay, reduce or completely withdraw from the Chinese market,” she said.

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