China’s Shanghai officials said Wednesday that authorities would punish violators of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and asked residents to “fight the epidemic with one heart … and work together for an early victory.”
“Those who violate the provisions of this notice will be dealt with in strict accordance with the law by public security organs … If it constitutes a crime, they will be investigated according to law,” officials said.
Shanghai police also banned cars from the roads except those transporting people in need of emergency medical treatment and those involved in epidemic prevention work.
The police force also asked residents not to spread false information or forge road passes or other clearance certificates.
On Tuesday, Shanghai authorities reported 25,141 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases from 22,348 a day earlier, while symptomatic cases jumped to 1,189 from 994.
Meanwhile, analysts warned that Shanghai’s “zero-COVID” approach was hurting the tourism and hospitality of the financial and commercial hub of the country, impacting the supply chains across sectors.
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