Shanghai authorities said they would divide Shanghai into two zones, using the Huangpu River that passes through the city as a demarcation line.
Counties in the east and some west of the Huangpu River will be closed and testing will be conducted from March 28 to April 1. The remaining areas will be closed and conduct testing from April 1 to April 5.
The city government announced on its official WeChat account that public transport, including ride-hailing services, in these areas will be temporarily closed during the closure.
An area is being closed in Shanghai, China, March 26. (Photo: Reuters)
All companies and factories will suspend production or work remotely during the shutdown, with the exception of those involved in public services or catering businesses.
“Residents are requested to support, understand and cooperate in the city’s epidemic prevention and control, and participate in the nucleic acid testing program in an orderly manner,” the Shanghai government added.
The financial hub Shanghai has been facing a new outbreak of COVID-19 for almost a month. On March 26, this city reported the highest number of new daily cases with 2,631 asymptomatic cases, accounting for nearly 60% of the total number of new asymptomatic cases of China same day, along with 47 newly infected people showing symptoms.
The Shanghai government has previously avoided citywide shutdowns so as not to affect economic activity and opted for a more discrete approach, including screening each neighborhood.
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