China teases end of Shanghai lockdown and start of Beijing lockdown

The Chinese government on Wednesday said it planned to ease China’s coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai a day before suggesting it could impose a lockdown in Beijing, according to Chinese state media.

On April 27, the Shanghai municipal government “decided to take what epidemiologists called a ‘big step towards lifting the lockdown’ to ease restrictions in areas with COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] infections were stamped out of quarantine areas,” world times reported.

Daily new cases of the disease in Shanghai have steadily declined over the past week, according to the newspaper, which reported the following:

In official figures released on Wednesday [April 27]Shanghai reported a 20.1% drop in novel COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] cases in the past 24 hours to 1,606 confirmed cases and 11,956 silent carriers, marking its fourth consecutive day of decline.

Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, said at Wednesday’s press conference that 51 million tests have been carried out in the past five days and the rate of positive cases has gradually declined.

Areas that have been declared to have eradicated virus infections outside quarantine areas could see some relaxation of restrictions and control measures.

As Shanghai appears to be heading towards an easing of its total lockdown, in place since April 5, a separate report from the world times On April 28, Chinese Communist Party officials may soon impose a citywide lockdown order in Beijing to contain a local outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus. The article revealed that some sections of Beijing were already under limited lockdown orders from Thursday. The Communist Party-run newspaper described the affected residential areas as “temporary control zones”.

Policemen wearing protective gear control access to a tunnel heading to the Pudong district under lockdown as a measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Shanghai on March 28, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/ AFP via Getty Images)

the world times relayed the conditions on these sites on April 28, writing:

To contain the spread of the epidemic and protect people’s health and safety, the temporary control areas have been dynamically adjusted according to the judgment of the epidemic prevention and control team.

The two newly added areas cover several residential areas and one of Beijing’s largest building materials markets.

Residents of the temporary control area are not allowed to leave the area, and community residents will strictly enforce prevention and control measures such as reading codes, measuring and recording temperature, and will not be allowed to leave the community if it is not necessary.

The latest Chinese coronavirus outbreak in Beijing began around mid-April. The nation’s capital, which has an estimated population of 21.3 million, has recorded 142 new cases of the disease since April 22, according to the world times Report April 28.

“Wednesday [April 27] alone, 48 new premises confirmed [symptomatic] cases and two asymptomatic cases have been reported across Beijing,” the newspaper observed.

The latest Chinese coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai began in early March. The metropolis of about 26 million people, which is China’s most densely populated city, launched a mass testing program for the Chinese coronavirus on March 28. The program forced half the city into lockdown for five straight days from March 28. to April 5. Hours before the testing lockdown expired on April 5, the Shanghai government shocked the city’s population by announcing that the entire metropolis should observe indefinite stay-at-home orders. The surprise lockdown edict has remained in place ever since.

Beijing’s enforcement of “temporary control zones” in recent days followed the city government’s announcement of massive Chinese coronavirus testing programs for nearly 20 million residents from April 25.


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