The government of Shanghai, China, has imposed “the city’s strictest anti-virus measures” on the financial hub’s population of around 26 million, the Chinese state-owned company world times reported Monday.
“Shanghai is now under the city’s strictest anti-virus measures in an effort to eradicate the growing number of COVID-19. [Chinese coronavirus] infections,” the newspaper observed on March 28.
In addition to “sealing” or locking down one half of the city at a time over the next week to prevent unwanted movement and conduct mass testing for the Chinese coronavirus, the Shanghai government on March 27 ordered all non-essential businesses to close for seven days from March 28.
“Public transport, taxis and car-calling services have been suspended in targeted areas, while cross bridges and tunnels have been closed. Meanwhile, the government is accelerating the construction of isolation sites, carrying out nucleic acid tests on the city’s 26 million residents while guaranteeing food supplies and smooth medical circuits for its inhabitants,” said declared on world times reported Monday.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) recorded 45 confirmed (symptomatic) and 2,631 asymptomatic cases of Chinese coronavirus in Shanghai on March 26. On March 27, the NHC documented 3,450 new asymptomatic cases of Chinese coronavirus in Shanghai, a figure that represented “almost 70% of the national total, as well as 50 [new] confirmed cases”, according to the world times.
The latest Chinese coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai is part of a nationwide resurgence of the disease across China in recent months. The Chinese Communist Party authorities have managed to spare Shanghai from the Party’s draconian “zero COVID” or zero tolerance policy towards the Chinese coronavirus so far. Shanghai has avoided Communist Party orders to go into lockdown for the past two years of the pandemic because of its vital importance to the Chinese and global economy. The metropolis is the beating heart of China’s financial sector and home to the world’s busiest shipping container port.
The Communist Party’s decision to essentially halt normal business operations in Shanghai this week will have repercussions that could negatively impact China’s national economy, warned Cao Heping, an economist at Peking University in China. world times Monday.
“This new COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] The wave in Shanghai could reduce the city’s GDP growth by 0.5% in the first and second quarters compared to a year ago,” Cao predicted.
China’s latest coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai has been spreading since its outbreak in early March. The city began announcing measures to curb virus transmission on March 11 when the Shanghai government ordered most schools in the metropolis to close indefinitely.