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Shanghai Implements Lockdown Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020, China has predominantly adopted the “zero-COVID” strategy. This approach involves swift and decisive actions, such as lockdowns and restrictions, whenever even a small outbreak occurs within the country. While some view this strategy unfavorably, particularly compared to other nations that try to coexist with the virus, Chinese residents often face complete halts in activities during spikes in cases.

Shanghai, one of China’s most populous cities and a significant trading hub, is the latest to undergo the zero-COVID strategy. Following 3,450 new asymptomatic COVID cases, the city’s highest daily count since the pandemic’s onset, Shanghai will undergo a two-phase, nine-day lockdown for mass testing. Public transport will cease operations, and all businesses must either work remotely or pause operations until the lockdown concludes.

Shanghai, with a population of around 25 million and significant economic importance, has made China hesitant to impose a complete shutdown. Even smaller lockdowns have been taxing on the population, leading to long lines and delays.

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