Stay-at-home orders and mandatory testing notices have been issued to several Shanghai residents as authorities race to trace contacts linked to a COVID-positive woman whose visit to the city’s Disney resort prompted its lockdown temporary.
The Shanghai Disney Resort on Monday became the latest major venue to close due to the strict zero-covid policy, locking all visitors in and not allowing them to leave until a few hours later, after testing negative for the virus.
Several families said on Tuesday that officials had told them they had to stay home if they had visited the attraction since Thursday – and take COVID-19 tests for the next three days.
A resident of the town told Reuters news agency she had been told her family may have to go into central quarantine.
Authorities said the Disney resort was closed after a 31-year-old woman, who had visited the park among others in recent days, tested positive for the virus.
The latest crackdown comes as ChinaCoronavirus infections have reached 2,719 per day.
The country COVID-19[feminine] the number of cases has remained low by global standards, and some believe that the strict restrictions linked to the pandemic are holding back the economy and are increasingly out of sync with the rest of the world.
The rigid zero-COVID policy has seen millions of residents confined to their homes, subjected to mass testing programs and enduring sudden closures – in areas where positive results coronavirus cases or their close contacts have been detected.
In August, authorities tried to block shoppers from leaving an Ikea store in Shanghai’s Xuhui district after a customer was found to have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.
The city is no stranger to the tough stance of the coronavirus – it has endured a two month confinement earlier this year.
Analysis: Public patience with zero COVID policy is running out in China
As COVID cases in China increase, so does the feeling of anxiety and paranoia.
In a place where zero-COVID is the goal, every time ordinary people walk into a store or a restaurant, they run into some sort of challenge. At any time, a positive case could be linked to a location, and it could suddenly and quickly be locked down, trapping those inside.
China’s COVID cases are still tiny proportionately, around 2,800 a day in a population of 1.4 billion. But that’s double the numbers seen last week and about the same as before larger outbreaks and severe lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere earlier this year.
Authorities are under immense pressure to ensure this doesn’t happen again and that partly explains the heavy-handed response at places like Shanghai Disney Resort.
In China right now, all sorts of other priorities such as livelihoods and mental health have to take their place behind the control of the pandemic.
And while people are largely accepting of the most minor stresses in their lives, anger erupts when they become larger.
There is a feeling that patience is running out.
Meanwhile, in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Apple’s iPhone maker Foxconn announced a big bonus hike to stem the exodus of workers frustrated by the fight against coronavirus.
Videos appearing to show workers leaving the factory with luggage have reportedly gone viral on Chinese social media.
Foxconn’s move came as authorities unexpectedly lifted partial restrictions on Zhengzhou’s nearly 13 million residents, even as new locally transmitted cases more than doubled on Monday from a day earlier.
“For more than 10 days, we have persevered and fought together, battling disease, moving forward and backward together, and working hard together, and finally we are ushering in a large-scale restoration of normal life and production in Zhengzhou,” said the city meter. – the epidemic task force wrote in an online letter to residents.
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