28 Mar 2022
Shanghai: China Announces Biggest Citywide COVID-19 Lockdown
The Index Today
China revealed that it has placed Shanghai under lockdown in what is regarded as the largest citywide closure due to COVID-19 since the pandemic first arrived in March, 2020.
According to BBC News, the lockdown in Shanghai will last nine days and comprise two stages as health officials conduct mass COVID-19 testing. This comes amid China’s current highest surge in coronavirus cases since the onset of the pandemic, marked by Omicron infections.
BBC News reported that the city’s government urged the public via WeChat "to support, understand and cooperate with the city's epidemic prevention and control work".
Although officials had been putting off shutting down the global commercial hub, Shanghai has witnessed a surge in cases for the past month. The city, which is home to 25 million people, is currently one of the most affected places in the country.