New infections detected in Shanghai after five days of ‘zero COVID’
BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai reported new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones for the first time after five days without any infections, leading to tighter restrictions in a district but longer city on June 1. The plan to remain closed remained in place. narrow road.
On May 19, three new cases were found outside quarantine areas in a district in a commercial hub of 25 million. The infection increased even inside strictly controlled areas.
Officials said the trio from the same family had received three doses of the vaccine and their infection was detected during routine testing in Kingpu district.
Officials said he had not left Xujing Town in the district for the past 14 days but had recently visited at least four places, including a supermarket, which is now closed to the public and undergoing disinfection.
Officials said more than 200,000 people in the city have been re-tested and all the results were negative.
“Our district will adhere to precise prevention and control measures, do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, and achieve dynamic clearing as soon as possible,” Qingpu district deputy chief Zhang Yan said in an online press conference.
City officials said parks in Shanghai suburbs would reopen from Sunday, while other parks could do so from June if they meet certain conditions. However, any leisure facilities inside the parks will remain closed.
Plans to reopen four metro lines from Sunday are also on track, the city government said.
Shanghai has been allowing more people to leave their homes in recent days, with several residential complexes issuing a limited number of passes to residents for brief walks or visits to local supermarkets. Still, most remained stuck indoors, relying on delivery apps and government rations.
An almost complete shutdown of Shanghai and strict measures in other cities, in contrast to the resumption of normal life in the rest of the world, to end all outbreaks as soon as they occur is a national “zero-COVID” Policy is the result.
Beijing, home to 22 million people, reported 62 new COVID-19 infections for May 19, up from 55 the day before.
China’s capital is struggling to contain an outbreak despite significant restrictions on movement since late April, with many residents of Beijing working from home and many shops and places closed.
But instead of exploding like Shanghai and most other major cities around the world, the daily caseload remains in the dozens.
The situation of Kovid-19 in China is improving massively.
Analysts at Greywalk Dragonomics estimate that less than 5% of Chinese cities are now reporting infections, down from a quarter of those at the end of March.
To keep the situation stable, many city officials keep local border controls, frequent mass testing and vigilance monitoring and isolating any new infections, including through individual building lockdowns.
“This new normal should allow manufacturing supply chains to gradually resume normal operations, but will continue to impact consumption, the services sector and small business,” GaveCal analysts wrote in a note.
After a slowdown in April, there have been signs of the economy responding positively to weak controls in May.
Daily container throughput at Shanghai ports has almost fully recovered to levels seen last year, while air cargo throughput and freight vehicle traffic reached nearly two-thirds of 2021 volumes.
While still down 21% from last year, retail car sales in the first half of May jumped 27% from the same period in April, data from this week showed.
Policymakers have promised more fiscal and monetary stimulus to help the economy.
China on Friday cut its benchmark reference rate for mortgages by a bigger-than-expected margin in its May fixing, the second reduction this year, as Beijing looks to revive credit demand to prop up the economy.
Premier Li Keqiang was quoted by state media this week as saying that China has policy room to deal with the challenges.