Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown that it hoped would be the last week of the war against the virus before it slowly began easing sanctions, while Beijing continued to fight its much smaller but enduring outbreak.
China’s 25 million business centers were expected to emerge from its painful six-week lockdown later this month. Authorities on Saturday hoped a final round of crackdowns would eradicate the last outbreak of the country’s worst COVID outbreak. Many residents of the country’s most populous city, who about a week ago were allowed to leave their housing compound for a short walk or a quick grocery trip, recently received notices to stay indoors for a “silent” period of three days.
Many buildings were told overnight that the ban would be extended until Friday. Silence usually means residents can’t leave the house and in some cases it can mean no delivery. Lynette Lim, who has spent more than 40 days under lockdown, said her community received such a notice Friday, a day after her official risk level. Was brought down to a grade that should have led to theoretically relaxed restrictions.
“It’s very frustrating because everyone has been asked to accept the sacrifice, to overcome the current difficulties for the common good, and people are consistently complying and dealing with what has been thrown at them,” he said. “The nerves are broken and there is no end goal to waiting for people,” Lim said.
The quarantine center is being closed
In dozens of cities in China, billions of people are living under various levels of cowardice. These measures are hurting consumption and production in the world’s second-largest economy and disrupting the global trade and supply chain. Some analysts expect the economy to shrink this quarter Officials have promised more stimulus measures.
China will offer subsidies, tax breaks and easy loans to boost the chances of college graduates, the cabinet said on Friday, finishing a record 10.76 million colleges and entering the workforce in a weak economy this year. China’s unemployment rate peaked at 5.8% in almost two years in March, with youth unemployment at 16%, the highest since July 2021.
Shanghai city official Ding Bo said on Saturday that the number of patients at the quarantine hospital had dropped to 50,000, one-fifth of the highest recorded last month. Authorities have therefore closed five quarantine centers, he said. More than 1,500 coronavirus cases are reported daily in the city, up from 2,000 the previous day – all in areas under tight control.
Cases found in relatively free communities are being closely monitored for the source of the outbreak. One such case was identified on Friday, down from four in the previous day The Beijing Daily reported 56 cases, up from 50% The capital has been detecting dozens of new cases almost every day since the first outbreak of the virus was discovered in April. 22.
Officials in the capital have denied rumors of an impending lockdown this week, urging people not to panic but to stay home. Residents seem to be paying attention to the advice as many streets in Beijing were terribly quiet. Mass examinations have become almost a daily routine throughout most parts of the city.
Authorities in the capital have already banned dine-in services at restaurants, closed some malls, entertainment and tourist spots, suspended some bus, subway and taxi services, and imposed lockdowns on some residential buildings.