Both cities had recently eased widespread Covid-19 restrictions after a drop in the number of new cases. However, the country is sticking to a “dynamic zero-Covid” policy aimed at closing the chains of transmission as soon as possible.
Shanghai’s sprawling Minhang district, home to more than 2 million people, said Thursday it would conduct nucleic acid tests for all residents on June 11 and ordered residents to stay at home. during the period.
Several other street-level government authorities in other areas of the city have also issued notices saying residents will be subject to two days of confinement and another 12 days of rigorous testing starting Thursday.
According to advisories issued for at least three neighborhoods, residents must stay indoors until Saturday and complete five rounds of mandatory tests ending June 23.
Many of them were in the central Xuhui district, where green fences and red wooden planks have popped up over the past week, barricading residents and sparking further public anger.
Shanghai government media The Paper said one of Xuhui’s outbreaks was traced to a well-known beauty salon, the Red Rose, in the city center, which reopened on June 1 when the lockdown city-wide has been relaxed.
Three workers there had tested positive for Covid-19, he said on Thursday. The store had received 502 customers from 15 of the city’s 16 districts in the past eight days, he said.
“When is this going to end?” a Weibo user commented in a Red Rose story. “I just want to have a normal life.”
While China’s infection rate appears very low compared to many other countries, which have now chosen to live with the virus, the government has doubled down on its zero-Covid policy to protect its elderly and medical system, and warned that he would not tolerate any comments or actions that doubted or repudiated the policy.
China reported 240 new coronavirus cases on June 8, including 70 symptomatic and 170 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
Authorities in Chaoyang, a Beijing district of more than 3 million people, ordered entertainment venues and internet cafes to close on Thursday, and customers at four specific bars were told to identify themselves and self-isolate .
Shanghai’s two-month lockdown, the closure of many shopping malls and venues across Beijing as well as movement restrictions imposed in many other Chinese cities in recent months have severely hurt the Chinese economy, disrupted supply chains and slowed international trade.
Authorities were keen to revive business and began easing some restrictions in May, which helped Chinese exports this month grow at a double-digit pace, beating expectations.
In Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan and important commercial center, officials have also tried to tighten ties with foreign companies by holding several meetings with leaders and easing a key border requirement for foreign workers.
Shanghai Disney Resort DIS.Nwhich has been closed since March 21, said it will reopen some retail and park areas starting Friday, but the main Disneyland park, Disneytown and its two resort hotels will remain closed until further notice.
Still, chambers of commerce said the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 restrictions remained a major concern for overseas businesses.
“This unpredictability and heightened risk is causing many companies to delay, scale back or pull out of the Chinese market entirely,” said Alexandra Hirst, senior policy analyst at the British Chamber of Commerce in China.
By David Stanway and Ryan Woo
(Reporting by David Stanway in Shanghai and Ryan Woo in Beijing; Additional reporting by Martin Pollard in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Stephen Coates and Simon Cameron-Moore)