China Steps Up COVID Restrictions In Shanghai

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As a Covid surge continues in China’s financial capital, authorities in Shanghai have said they will tighten the enforcement of lockdown measures. 

Electronic door alarms have been installed to prevent infected people from leaving, as well as evacuating people to disinfect their homes. 

Hundreds of people were forcibly evacuated from their homes earlier this week so that buildings could be disinfected. 

Shanghai’s lockdown will enter its fifth week as a result of the restrictions. 

All infected patients and close contacts will be transferred to a government-run centralized quarantine, according to Shanghai city officials. 

In addition, disinfection efforts in some of the city’s worst-affected areas will be stepped up. Some residents, including those who have tested negative, will most likely be forced to leave temporarily.

The move comes days after people in two other Shanghai communities – Beicai and Pingwang – were ordered to leave their residences for temporary accommodations. 

In Beicai, an official notice issued to residents told them to pack their belongings and leave their wardrobe doors open.

They were also told to leave open the front door of their home and their pets behind. Images on social media of people queuing with packed suitcases at night-time showed the scale of the operation.

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