The city of Shanghai expanded its pandemic restrictions by closing off western portions of the city two days ahead of its original schedule as the number of Covid-19 cases in China’s financial capital continued to rise.
China’s National Health Commission reported 5,656 new asymptomatic and 326 new symptomatic Covid-19 cases, up from 4,381 and 96 cases the day before.
The current phase of the lockdown, which would last until Friday, was meant to be limited to mass testing in Shanghai’s Pudong financial area and surrounding districts.
However numerous residents in the city’s western reaches have received notifications from their housing committees prohibiting them from leaving their homes for the next seven days.
The current outbreak is China’s worst since the pandemic’s early days in Wuhan in 2020, and according to an analyst at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the continued lockdowns are costing China at least $46 billion each month in missed economic activity, or 3.1 percent of GDP.
Shanghai’s government has proposed a variety of economic measures, including tax rebates, rent reductions, and low-cost loans for small enterprises, in an apparent attempt to counterbalance this.
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