April 5. The lockdown of Shanghai, China’s biggest city, has been extended to cover its entire population of more than 25 million as the global trade hub battles the worst COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began in China more than two years ago. The draconian measures are straining residents’ patience and overwhelming authorities’ ability to feed and care for Shanghai’s stranded inhabitants.
What was initially intended to be a relatively short shutdown starting one week ago, staggered over two stages in two halves of the city, has now paralyzed the well-manicured and hyper-modern metropolis. China’s government has sent almost 40,000 personnel to Shanghai from other regions – part of the country’s biggest coronavirus response to date.
The number of new daily infections registered in Shanghai has hit a record 13,000. That’s mild by international standards, but China is doubling down on its policy of stamping out every single case, under its “dynamic zero-COVID” strategy.
Rumors have swirled on Chinese social media about some residents refusing to be tested, wary of being warehoused in huge quarantine centers with little privacy despite most positive cases being asymptomatic. Drawing particular anger is a policy of separating children, including babies, from their parents when only one or the other test positive.
Source: CBS News