An announcement that raises concerns among residents of the Chinese metropolis about a potential general reshaping of the city. Despite the deconfinition that began a few days ago, Shanghai announced on Thursday, June 9, that it would close the district of 2.7 million inhabitants on Saturday in order to inspect the entire population.
Minhang district in southwest Shanghai will be closed on Saturday morning, and its residents will have to take a PCR test, local authorities announced on the social network WeChat. “Closing will be lifted after sampling”, they added, without specifying the exact date and time, nor what measures would be taken in case of detection of positive cases. According to the national health strategy “zero Covid”, all people who test positive are theoretically quarantined.
Last week, the city lifted most of the restrictions on its 25 million residents, which have been locked since at least early April to cope with the outbreak of Covid-19, the most virulent since 2020. But deconfiguration is not complete: several hundred thousand people remain locked up. their housing complexes due to the discovery of positive cases.
“What will happen if there are positive results?” »
“Is it a neighborhood blockade?” [de Minhang] will it really be discontinued after sampling? »wonders Weibo user. “What will happen if there are positive results?” Will the blockade continue? », worries another. City Hall on Thursday denied rumors that the rest of Shanghai would be closed again.
The prison has dealt a severe blow to the economy, but the metropolis has been coming back to life for several days. Subway and buses are working again, while Shanghai is enjoying the city’s restaurants, bars and parks. However, some residents are still stuck at home, which sometimes causes tensions with the authorities. The Ministry of Health reported nine new positive cases a day earlier in Shanghai on Thursday.
China’s capital, Beijing, is slowly approaching normalcy after closing restaurants, bars, gyms and parks last month to combat the epidemic – much smaller than in Shanghai. The capital’s Chaoyang district, however, ordered the closure of clubs and bars on Thursday after several cases were uncovered, official media reported.