Shanghai Residents Asked to Self-Test Amid Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Shanghai officials on Sunday ordered its 26 million residents to undergo two more rounds of tests for COVID-19 as the public expressed growing frustration and anger over how authorities in Shanghai are tackling a record coronavirus surge.

Government officials asked residents to self-test on Sunday using antigen kits and report any positive results, while a nucleic acid test would be conducted citywide on Monday.

“The main task is to completely eliminate risk points and to cut off the chain of transmission so that we can curb the spread of the epidemic as soon as possible,” Shanghai Municipal Health Commission Inspector Wu Qianyu said.

The lockdowns in Shanghai have massively disrupted daily life and businesses, even as healthcare workers and volunteers work round the clock trying to test the entire population and supply residents with groceries.

On Sunday, Shanghai recorded 7,788 daily locally transmitted asymptomatic cases, up from 6,501 the day before, while symptomatic cases rose to 438 from 260.

The city accounted for the bulk of mainland China’s 11,781 daily locally transmitted asymptomatic cases and nearly a third of its 1,506 symptomatic cases, the highest national case count since the early days of the pandemic in February 2020.

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