The Shanghai Health Commission reported a total of 358 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 4,144 local asymptomatic cases as of Friday morning, April 1.
Of the 358 local cases reported today, 8 tested positive while already quarantined in centralized isolation as close contacts of previous cases; 20 were converted from an asymptomatic case already in centralized isolation; and 330 tested positive when screened as part of risk groups.
Of the 4,144 asymptomatic cases, 3,710 tested positive while already quarantined in central isolation as close contacts of previous cases, while 434 tested positive while being screened as part of risk groups.
The 330 local cases not previously quarantined in centralized isolation were in the following areas:
The 434 asymptomatic cases not previously quarantined in central isolation were in the following areas:
Scan the QR to see today’s addresses reported (in Chinese) by the Shanghai Health Commission, broken down by district:
The figures come as China endures its biggest citywide lockdown since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago. Shanghai began lockdown on Monday March 28 in two stages over nine days, while authorities conduct COVID-19 tests.
From 5 a.m. on Monday, March 28, a lockdown was imposed on Pudong, Punan and adjacent areas. This lockdown was due to be lifted at 5 a.m. this Friday, April 1.
Based on the results of the screenings during what is now called the “first-party lockdown”, follow-up quarantine measures were initiated and areas designated as “locked down”, “managed and controlled” or ” precaution”.
Puxi was put on lockdown from 3 a.m. on Friday April 1. This lockdown, or its ‘first-party lockdown’ incarnation, is set to be lifted at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5.
Residents are asked to follow the orders of their areas by receiving PCR tests over staggered periods. Those who do not pass the test will see their health code turn yellow, while those who refuse or interfere with anti-COVID-19 measures will bear full legal responsibility.
READ MORE: Jail and fines for refusing a COVID-19 test
During the closures, all residential communities will be closed and all residents are required to stay at home.
Public transport, including buses, metros, ferries, taxis and online cars, will also be completely suspended during the lockdown.
Utility companies, such as those dealing with water, electricity, fuel, gas, communications, transport, meat and vegetables, will however continue to operate.
Meal delivery and courier services will continue to operate with contactless delivery, with delivery staff unable to enter communities.
The source of the current COVID-19 outbreak is the Huating Hotel & Towers in Xujiahui, one of the designated quarantine hotels for incoming travelers, and the strain is the highly infectious Omicron BA.2 subvariant, concluded the government.
Several measures have been put in place to combat the spread of the disease.
Authorities have announced that Shanghai residents who have not had a PCR test record since March 16 will have their health codes turned yellow.
READ MORE: Take a COVID test or your QR code will turn yellow at 6 p.m.
On March 20, nine districts of Shanghai (Pudong New Area, Jing’an District, Huangpu District, Qingpu District, Songjiang District, Jinshan District, Fengxian District, Xuhui District and Yangpu District) require that those who go to work have a negative nucleic acid test report by March 16 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, those who visit their workplaces in Putuo district demand a negative nucleic acid test report within five days.
In all areas, places that previously required a negative nucleic acid test report within 48 hours will stick to this policy.
Starting Saturday, March 12, people wishing to leave or enter Shanghai must have a negative nucleic acid test report within 48 hours.
The Shanghai government has also asked residents not to leave the city unless absolutely necessary.
Shanghai Intercity Bus Station suspended operations from Sunday, March 13.
READ MORE: You now need a nucleic acid test to enter or leave Shanghai
All primary and secondary schools in Shanghai have also been adapted for online learning.
Children are not allowed to enter any educational establishment – including kindergartens and training centers as well as schools – and all offline education is prohibited.
READ MORE: COVID-19 forces schools in Shanghai to go online
The shift to online learning follows the decision to close a number of public cultural and tourist service locations across the city.
Of those attractions still open to the public, many now require a negative nucleic acid test report within 24 hours to enter, as well as a green health QR code, green travel history code and visitor card. Chinese identity or a valid travel document.
READ MORE: Shanghai closes public and tourist venues amid COVID-19 outbreak
Bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in some neighborhoods have also been told to close.
No timetable has been given on the duration of all the above measures; it remains dependent on the progress of the epidemic, with further announcements to be made to the public in due course depending on the situation.
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