HeathcareReopening of businesses “in stages” from Monday in Shanghai

Reopening of businesses “in stages” from Monday in Shanghai

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Is it lasting relief? This Monday, some businesses are expected to reopen in Shanghai as residents of the Chinese economic capital show themselves to be more and more exasperated after a second month of confinement.

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China, which has been facing its worst Covid-19 outbreak in two years in recent weeks, put the huge metropolis, epicenter of the contagion, under cover in early April. Some of Shanghai’s 25 million residents, however, were already confined to their homes before that date.

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Exasperated by the problems with the supply of fresh produce, access to non-Covid medical care and the sending of people who tested positive to quarantine centres, many are venting their anger on the Internet.

A gradual and still blurred reopening

On Sunday, the vice-mayor of Shanghai, Chen Tong, announced a “phased” reopening of businesses starting Monday, May 16. The manager did not specify whether he was talking about a gradual resumption of activity in the city, or whether he was conditioning the resumption on certain health criteria.

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In China, any lifting of restrictions is generally conditional on “zero contamination in society”, that is to say no new positive cases for three days outside quarantine centers. The Shanghai authorities are aiming for this goal in “mid-May”.

The decline seems to be underway: some 1,369 new positive cases were announced on Sunday in Shanghai – against more than 25,000 at the end of last month. In some areas of the city, however, restrictions have tended to tighten in recent days.

The fear of confinement in Beijing

1,200 km further north, the capital Beijing lives in fear of confinement, after more than a thousand cases recorded since the end of April. The city has repeatedly screened its residents, confined residences with positive cases and closed metro stations and non-essential businesses in certain neighborhoods.

To curb the contagion, the district of Fangshan, located in the southwest of Beijing and which has 1.3 million inhabitants, suspended the circulation of taxis on Saturday. Apart from a few confined neighborhoods, the vast majority of the 22 million Beijingers can still leave their homes.

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However, many public places are closed and residents are forced to telework, particularly in the district of Chaoyang, the most populous in the capital and where many multinationals are based.

Source: 20minutes

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Janice
Janice Thomas is a content editor at 24 News Recorder. She has 5 years of journalism experience and she he is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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