Shanghai lockdown deepens after new surge in asymptomatic COVID cases

Shanghai lockdown deepens after new surge in asymptomatic COVID cases
# 05 April 2022 10:14 (UTC +04:00)

The major Chinese financial centre of Shanghai extended restrictions on transportation on Tuesday after a day of intensive city-wide testing saw new COVID-19 cases surge to more than 13,000, with no end to the lockdown in sight, APA reports citing Reuters.

After originally taking a more piecemeal approach aimed at minimising economic disruptions, Shanghai imposed broader restrictions last week as authorities struggled to contain what has become the city's biggest COVID-19 outbreak.

The lockdown now covers more than 25 million people after restrictions in the city's western districts were extended until further notice in what has become a testing ground for the government's zero-tolerance "dynamic clearance" approach and its ability to contain the highly infectious Omicron variant.

"Currently, Shanghai's epidemic prevention and control is at the most difficult and most critical stage," said Wu Qianyu, an official with the municipal health commission, at a Tuesday briefing. "We must adhere to the general policy of dynamic clearance without hesitation, without wavering."

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