Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Shanghai disinfects homes, closes all subways in COVID fight

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Teams in white protective suits enter homes of coronavirus-infected people to spray disinfectant as Shanghai tries to root out an omicron outbreak as part of China’s strict “zero-Covid” strategy. Is.

City official Jin Chen said on Tuesday that in older communities with shared bathrooms and kitchens, the homes of anyone else using those facilities would also be disinfected. He tried to allay public concern about the loss of clothing and valuables, saying residents can inform teams about anything that needs protection.

According to The Paper, an online media outlet, Shanghai also suspended service on the last two subway lines that were also operating on Tuesday, the first time the city’s entire system has been shut down.

The latest measures come as Shanghai orders people off in some districts To be in their homes again after going out for some limited shopping in recent weeks. The latest moves have further disappointed residents, who were hoping that the more than month-long lockdown was reducing the number of new cases in the city.

Most cities of 25 million people appear to be confined to their apartments or residential complexes, although there has been some easing in outer suburban areas without new cases in their communities. An Associated Press video shot on Monday showed a silent and deserted city, with only the very occasional vehicle and a few food delivery drivers on scooters plying empty streets.

The daily number of new cases in Shanghai fell to nearly 3,000 on Monday, down from a peak of 26,000 in mid-April. Authorities have locked down much of the city as they try to stop the spread of the virus, even as many other parts of the world are easing restrictions and trying to keep up with it. Huh. Six more COVID-related deaths were reported in China’s largest city, raising the death toll to 553.

Beijing, the capital, began another round of three days of mass testing for millions of its residents on Tuesday in a bid to contain an outbreak out of Shanghai’s. The city, which reported 74 new cases on Monday, shuttered individual buildings and residential complexes, closed nearly 60 metro stations and banned food in restaurants, allowing only takeout and delivery.

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Shanghai initially ordered mass testing with a limited lockdown, but increased that as the number of cases increased. Thousands of residents have been forced into centralized quarantine centers after testing positive or coming in contact with an infected person.

Notices issued in several districts in recent days said residents were ordered to stay at home and barred from receiving non-essential deliveries as part of a “quiet period” lasting at least Wednesday had gone. The notice said that the measures may be increased based on the results of mass testing. The sudden tightening after some initial opening surprised the residents.


Associated Press researchers Si Chen in Shanghai and Yu Bing in Beijing contributed.


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