Shanghai speeds up quarantine transfers as virus cases decline

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Shanghai speeds up quarantine transfers as virus cases decline


Shanghai authorities on Tuesday pleaded for public cooperation with a massive new push to test most of the population for Covid-19 as the city steps up efforts to bring community transmission down to zero after nearly three weeks of lockdown.


The plea came as some people refused to join PCR testing lines out of weariness after weeks of such requirements, or fear it puts them at greater risk of infection.


Residents shared stories on social media about busloads of people being taken from their homes and sent into quarantine, including babies and the elderly.


Authorities are under pressure from Beijing to speed up transfers of positive cases and their close contacts to quarantine centers, fueling angst in the community about draconian measures designed to completely stop the spread of the virus rather than just slow it down.


“By conducting multiple, consecutive rounds of PCR testing, we will be able to dynamically detect positive cases as early as possible, as this will help us to reach zero-Covid at community level more quickly,” city health official Hu Xiaobo said.


Sources have told Reuters that Shanghai aims to stop the spread of Covid outside quarantined areas by Wednesday. The target marked a turning point when achieved by other locked-down Chinese cities, allowing them to further ease curbs.

The number of new local transmissions detected on Monday fell to 19,442 from 21,395 the previous day. Shanghai found 550 cases outside the quarantine zones, down from 561 the day before and the fourth consecutive decline.

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