shanghai moves to impose tightest restrictions yet

Shanghai Moves To Impose Tightest Restrictions Yet

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Shanghai Moves To Impose Tightest Restrictions Yet

Shanghai officials will further limit access to food and hospitals in some areas of the city over the next three days, the most severe phase of the city’s lengthy lockdown yet.

Commercial food delivery is prohibited, and all hospital visits must be preapproved. Covid19 patients’ neighbours, as well as others living nearby, are being placed in official quarantine centres.

The citywide limitations in Shanghai are currently in their sixth week. Although confirmed cases have dropped substantially since their peak, authorities have yet to reach “societal zero,” which means no infections outside of quarantine facilities. Despite the new limitations, Shanghai officials claim that residents in half of the city’s districts can now leave their homes and go for walks.

State media broadcast propaganda videos of departing medical professionals visiting city sights and taking photographs. Official letters from local Communist Party committees reviewed by the BBC explain many restrictions imposed for the following three days during what authorities refer to as “quiet periods.

“These include only allowing government food delivery, not letting inhabitants “step out” of their front doors, and demanding committee consent for anyone other than emergency cases to visit hospitals. There have already been reports of locals having difficulty getting emergency ambulances to arrive swiftly, with some patients being forced to drive themselves to the hospital.

Authorities have also increased steps targeting those who live near positive cases, even if these close contacts test negative. They are now rounding up big groups of people who live on the same floor or even in the same building as those who have tested positive in apartment buildings.

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On social media, footage has also surfaced of rigorous disinfection taking place inside residences where people have been taken after testing positive. Authorities have adopted widespread industrial scale disinfection as a primary strategy. Despite testing negative, state censors moved fast to clear up any doubts regarding the disinfection’s legality, as well as the removal of huge numbers of people from their houses.

People who have been removed from their homes and placed in central quarantine have been instructed to leave a key to their residence, generally in the door, so that officials can come in and sanitise the area. Some legal experts have questioned whether or not this action is “constitutional.”

An open letter written by a Shanghai-based constitutional law professor stated that placing residents into quarantine centres required State Council approval or new regulations established by the legislature. His comment was promptly removed.

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shanghai moves to impose tightest restrictions yet

As concerns over food supply rise, local officials said that anyone living in makeshift housing on the streets or in unoccupied buildings would be removed and placed in “closed-loop management,” which means personnel would have to live and work at their offices or factories.

This step is likely to target app-based delivery drivers, who are critical to the supply chain for the region’s almost 25 million residents. Many of these drivers are currently living in temporary housing because they are afraid of being locked up permanently and hence unable to work. China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed his support for the controversial “zero voids” approach just days before the tougher regulations were announced.

Senior Chinese health officials stated the lockdown would “allow time to vaccinate more people” in a study published in the health journal The Lancet earlier this week. Their remarks follow the World Health Organization’s chief calling China’s zero Covid goal untenable.”When we talk about zeroCovid, we don’t think it’s sustainable, given the virus’s current behaviour and what we expect in the future,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Before being prohibited by censors, the video was widely shared on Chinese social media. Official estimates show that nearly 90% of the population has been vaccinated nationwide, more than two years after Covid19 was first discovered. However, only 38% of Shanghai’s most susceptible – those over 60 – had received all three immunizations.

Official estimates show that nearly 90% of the population has been vaccinated nationwide, more than two years after Covid19 was first discovered. However, only 38% of Shanghai’s most susceptible – those over 60 – had received all three immunizations.

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