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Shanghai, the largest city in China, tightens the confinement and locks up almost 25 million people

Shanghai, the largest city in China, tightens the confinement and locks up almost 25 million people

Shanghai, the largest city in China, tightens the confinement and locks up almost 25 million people

Almost all of the 25 million inhabitants of Shanghai were confined on Saturday, due to the worst outbreak of coronavirus on China in two years, and under very strict conditions that make parents fear being separated from their children.

The economic capital became in the last days in the epicenter of a new wave of infections in Chinarelated to the omicron variantwhich began to accelerate in early March.

To avoid a total lockdown, which is detrimental to the economy, the municipal authorities first locked down the two halves of the city alternately to carry out a general screening.

The western part of Shanghai (Puxi) was confined on Friday, when the east (Pudong) was due to lift its restrictions after four days of lockdown.

SIGHT: China orders confinement of millions of people in Shanghai due to coronavirus outbreak

Saturday, the city council finally announced a more or less strict maintenance of the measures in almost all of this part of Shanghai, where the emblematic skyscrapers of the business district are located.

This decision is equivalent to a de facto confinement of the largest city in Chinawhere numerous multinationals are established and which represents around 4% of the Asian giant’s GDP, according to analysts.

In the face of the epidemic rebound, several exhibition halls in the metropolis have been transformed in recent days into improvised quarantine centers.

Some parents say they fear being confined if they test positive, and they are also worried about their children, from whom they could be separated under strict isolation measures.

“My daughter is not even four months old. If she tests positive, she will be quarantined alone,” told AFP Law, a resident who did not want to give his full name.

If the parents test positive for covid and have to be isolated, the city will provide “quick help” to the unattended minors, said a municipal official, Zeng Qun, quoted on Saturday by the Xinhua agency.

Children who are left alone at home will be cared for by “temporary guardians” or will be placed in a place provided for this purpose, explained the person in charge.

Source: Elcomercio

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