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Shanghai says coronavirus outbreak is under ‘effective control’ but lockdown will last at least another month

Shanghai officials claimed on Friday that the city’s coronavirus outbreak was “under effective control” after a month under severe lockdown restrictions – but the lockdown will continue.

Meanwhile, the city has created some 9,000 permanent coronavirus testing stations in a bid to “normalize” mass testing forever.

“Currently, the epidemic prevention and control situation in our city is steadily improving, and the epidemic is under effective control,” Shanghai Vice Major Wu Qing said Friday.

Wu said the number of infections was on a “continuous downward trend” and said community transmission had been “effectively curbed”, but millions of Shanghai residents will remain locked in their homes and strict restrictions will be imposed. maintained for at least one month. .

“We can’t relax, we can’t slack off. Perseverance is victory,” Wu said.

As Reuters reported on Friday, residents of Shanghai have noticed that these “persistent” restrictions are not being eased in a logical way, and people are finding their doors are still locked even though they have been told they can leave their homes. residence :

Although some 2.3 million Shanghai residents are still in isolated high-risk areas, another 16.67 million are in low-risk “prevention zones”, meaning they can , in theory, leaving their homes and roaming their communities.

However, many locals have complained that different community officials are enforcing the rules in different ways, with some people in “prevention zones” still unable to go outside even though their area has not reported any positive cases for weeks.

A large resort in Changning district in central Shanghai announced on Friday that it was easing restrictions within the resort and reducing the number of volunteers helping to deliver food. But its inhabitants still could not get out through its locked doors.

The Chinese state enterprise world times On Thursday, Shanghai’s lockdown would “probably” be lifted by the “end of May”.

Ignoring the cries of the imprisoned population of Shanghai, the world times described the lockdown as a “decisive and difficult battle against Omicron”, even though it is far from over by the Communist Party’s own admission, and much of the city is still a prison camp:

For some residents in precaution-level areas where no positive cases have been found for 14 days, one person in a household is allowed to go out to buy basic necessities in certain areas. In order to avoid large gatherings, some communities have reinforced preventive measures.

“Our community only allowed us to move freely within the community and reminded us to avoid gathering,” a 41-year-old Shanghai resident surnamed Jin, who lives in a community under precautionary status.

“China will surely win the war against COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] with its science-based and effective epidemic control policy that will stand the test of time, according to a senior management meeting on Thursday,” said the world times reported with unintended hilarity.

While Chinese state media predicted that Shanghai would bounce back quickly after the end of the shutdowns, more thoughtful observers inside and outside the city feared it was forever ruined – transformed from a center dynamic and glamorous financier into another gloomy concentration camp with skyscrapers. As these critics have noted, the Chinese Communist Party is reorienting Xinjiang genocide propaganda slogans to ensure public compliance with coronavirus lockdowns, with only very minor changes in wording – from “Rally all those who should be gathered” for the Xinjiang brainwashing camps to “Welcome all who should be welcomed” for the Shanghai quarantine camps.

Further evidence of lasting change for the worse is that more than 9,000 permanent coronavirus testing stations have been established in Shanghai. City officials have described the stations as an effort to “normalize” mass coronavirus testing – and authoritarian responses – as a permanent feature of life.

Other Chinese cities are also creating thousands of permanent testing stations, along with regulations that constant negative tests are required to access public places.


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