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COVID-19: Shanghai residents fed up with China’s strict lockdown policy as cases rise – National | Nation World News

COVID-19 cases in China’s largest city Shanghai are still with millions isolating at home under a widespread lockdown, as a “zero tolerance” approach to the pandemic increasingly draws complaints from residents fed up with restrictions .

Health officials on Sunday reported 438 confirmed cases with 7,788 asymptomatic cases in the last 24 hours. Both figures were up slightly from the day before, while the northeastern province of Jilin reported a combined 4,455 cases on Sunday, also showing an increase from Saturday.

While small by the standards of some countries, the daily increase is some of the biggest since the virus was first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019.

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Shanghai began a two-phase lockdown with its 26 million people last week, with residents of the eastern Pudong section allowed to leave their homes on Friday, while their neighbors in the western Puxi section extended their four-day isolation period. completed.

Despite that assurance, millions of people in Pudong remain confined to their homes amid complaints about food delivery and the availability of medicines and health services.

The notice to residents says they need to self-test for COVID-19 daily and take precautions including wearing masks at home and avoiding contact with family members _widely enforced since the early days of the pandemic measures not taken.


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While Wuhan faced a 76-day lockdown in 2020 with relatively few complaints, residents of Shanghai _ many of whom were already in isolation before last week’s lockdown began _ are using measures and methods to enforce them. Getting fed up with fast.

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While coverage in China’s entirely state-controlled media remains overwhelmingly positive, complaints are appearing online, with video and sound recordings accusing authorities and volunteers of showing heavy-handed practices and accusations It is felt that sound medical advice has been ignored. of political justification.

Dali Yang, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, tweeted on Sunday: “While there was little social resistance to the lockdown after it was implemented in Wuhan, resistance is now evident in Shanghai.”

Given that the majority of cases in Shanghai are not life-threatening, “it is not surprising that the enforcement of lockdowns and forced quarantines of the infected in harsh conditions is facing resistance,” Yang tweeted.


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A city official last week apologized in response to complaints about the government’s handling of the lockdown, and during a visit to Shanghai on Saturday a deputy prime minister made broad demands for reform.

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Sun Chunlan, sitting in the ruling Communist Party’s politburo, urged Shanghai to take firm and swift steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the shortest possible time, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sun, however, insisted on “steadfast adherence” to China’s hard-line “zero-Covid” approach, mandating lockdowns, forcing all suspected cases and mass testing, even social distancing. And even while accepting the economic toll.

“Combatting the Omicron variant while maintaining the normal operation of core operations in a megacity is a daunting task and a great challenge,” Sun said.

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He called for ensuring the safety of key industries and institutions and the functioning of supply and industrial chains in the commercial hub as well as “basic living conditions and general medical needs of the people”.

State media reports indicate that President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is directing a continued tougher approach, while pulsating is trying to avoid further damage to the economy and ensure overall stability ahead of a major party congress expected for November. are demanding.

Despite the rise in infections, China has not recorded any new COVID-19 deaths since March 20, when two were added to the total of 4,638. China’s vaccination rate is over 87%, although significantly lower among seniors _ and Omicron is considered more contagious, while the disease it causes is generally milder than the earlier delta variant.


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