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COVID-19 restrictions eased in several districts in Shanghai

11.04.2022 45 просмотров

In Shanghai, for the first time since the beginning of the lockdown, they announced the easing of restrictions in a number of areas.

For the first time in the past two weeks since the introduction of a hard lockdown in the metropolis, the Shanghai authorities announced some easing of anti-COVID restrictions. This is stated in a message published on Monday in the official account of the local government in the Wechat messenger.

Over the weekend, the population of the entire city was once again tested for covid. In total, more than 25 million samples have been collected, the results of more than 21 million people have already been processed, and the rest are still in the process. Prior to the start of a new round of mass testing, the authorities promised that after analyzing the results, they would decide in which areas it would be possible to soften the existing restrictions.

We are talking about establishing restrictions in certain areas from Monday, depending on which status they will be assigned. All areas will now be divided into three groups: closed areas, controlled areas, and areas where precautionary measures are taken.

Closed areas will be those where cases of coronavirus have been detected in the last seven days. In them, a complete quarantine for residents will continue for at least another seven days. Controlled status will be given to areas where there have been no cases of covid in the last seven days. In such areas, residents will be able to leave their apartments, but not outside the territory of the residential complex. The quarantine for them will also be extended for another seven days.

The areas where precautionary measures will be taken will include those where no cases of infection have been detected in the last 14 days. Residents will be allowed to move within the designated area, but visits to public places will be limited to avoid large gatherings of people.

Currently, according to the analysis of testing data, 7624 districts have been assigned the status of closed, 2460 transferred to the category of controlled, and 7565 became precautionary areas. Districts in this case mean residential complexes or residential microdistricts.

However, the analysis of the data of the past mass testing has not yet been completed, and some of the quarantined residential complexes have not yet received one or another status. For example, the complex where the TASS representative office is located in Shanghai remains closed for the time being due to cases of covid detected the other day, despite a complete lockdown that has lasted for more than 10 days. The administration of the TASS complex reported that no changes had occurred and residents were not yet allowed to leave their apartments.

Lockdown in Shanghai

residential complexes in various parts of the metropolis for covid testing. One way or another, by the end of March, almost the entire population of Shanghai passed through two or three days, or even a week, of home quarantine.

Since March 28, the Shanghai government has moved to more stringent measures and quarantined, first, almost the entire eastern part cities, and from April 1 - the western one. Initially, the lockdown was to be lifted in the eastern part on April 1, and in the western part on April 5. The city government said the other day that decisions to lift restrictions on certain areas will be made based on an analysis of data collected during testing of the entire city for covid, conducted on April 4. Probably, these data were not enough, and the authorities decided to conduct several more rounds of testing, the last of which ended over the weekend.

Asymptomatic people are on the rise
Despite the almost complete lockdown of the city, the number of asymptomatic patients has been growing rapidly over the past week and a half. Over the past 24 hours, more than 25,000 new asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus and 914 confirmed cases with symptoms have been identified in Shanghai in the past 24 hours, according to official figures. The day before, there were more than 23,000 new asymptomatic patients. Since March 28, when the lockdown began, more than 180,000 asymptomatic patients have been identified in the metropolis in total.

which is extremely contagious. Chinese virologists claim that it is transmitted not only by airborne droplets, but also through surfaces, as well as through the ventilation system in homes. Hence the large number of infected people in home quarantine, experts say, who, however, cannot explain where the coronavirus comes from in houses whose residents have already passed several rounds of testing, do not leave the apartments, and all infected people were taken for hospitalization or to places of centralized quarantine.

The city's health care system is currently under a heavy strain, not because of the high number of infected people requiring medical attention or hospitalization, but because of the record number of asymptomatic carriers, which in China, according to established rules, not left in home quarantine. In order to cope with the flow of asymptomatic patients, a number of stadiums and large exhibition centers in the city were converted into centralized quarantine facilities. Thousands of doctors from other regions have also arrived in the city to assist in testing and other anti-epidemic measures.

The Shanghai authorities have also repeatedly reaffirmed their adherence to the zero tolerance policy for covid over the past few weeks and urged the population locked at home to show patience.

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