Everyone is required to participate in citywide COVID-19 screening to maintain “green” health code status that will allow them to access grocery stores and public areas.
During their respective lockdowns, people will be banned from going out, and all non-essential workers will have to work from home. Public transport, including buses, subways, ferries and taxis, will also be suspended in the lockdown areas.
In Shanghai – a city with some of the best infrastructure in the country – social media complaints show systems intended to ensure residents are failing as lockdowns are extended without notice.
“How can I buy groceries? … I can’t find medicine for my kids … How can we order it online when we can’t even get an appointment at the hospital?” A social media user wrote, who said that their Shanghai neighborhood has been closed for 15 days.
To tackle the rising number of cases across the city, the Shanghai government has distributed rapid antigen test kits to homes in low-risk areas, testing more than 14 million people as of Sunday. In an effort to ease the pressure on hospitals. Several indoor stadiums and exhibition centers in the city have been turned into centralized quarantine facilities for Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or present mild symptoms.
Shanghai was reluctant to impose a city-wide lockdown before Sunday’s announcement, despite closing more residential complexes after Covid-19 cases were detected. “If Shanghai came to a complete halt, there would be many international cargo ships floating in the East China Sea,” said Wu Fan, a medical expert on the city’s epidemic task force on Saturday.
China is still reluctant to impose a complete, city-wide lockdown despite the rising number of cases – the highest since the pandemic began.