New Delhi: China has declared to put its largest city Shanghai, which has a population of over 26 million, under lockdown due to record high new COVID-19 cases.
Shanghai’s Pudong financial district and nearby towns and villages will be completely locked down from early Monday (March 28) to Friday as citywide mass testing gets underway, the local government has told.
This is the second phase of the lockdown in China, the vast downtown area west of the Huangpu River which divides the city will then start its own 5-days lockdown on Friday.
Residents to stay home
Residents will be staying at home and deliveries will be left at checkpoints to ensure there is no contact with the outside world. All Offices and all businesses are applicable for this lockdown wherein essentials will not be closed and public transport suspended.
Many communities within Shanghai have already been locked down, with their members required to submit to multiple tests for COVID-19. Shanghai’s Disney theme park is among the businesses that have been closed earlier.
Over 56000 new coronavirus cases in China in March
China has so far recorded more than 56000 coronavirus infections this month, with a surging outbreak in the northeastern province of Jilin accounting for most of them.
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