Shanghai has achieved “zero government” status, but the blockade continues

  • And no new social infections have appeared in Shanghai for three days
  • Just a few signs of a gradual reopening
  • Feature warns that government restrictions will prevent foreign investment

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The city of Shanghai on Tuesday hit a long-awaited milestone with no new cases of the novel coronavirus outside isolated areas for three consecutive days, but most residents will need to spend time in prison before it can reopen. A normal life.

For other cities in China that have been on lockdown, three days with no new cases in the community usually marks the beginning of the end of “zero COVID” cases and restrictions.

The 25 million business center set a clear schedule for the seventh closing week on Monday, but the plan was skeptical by many locals who saw it isolated over and over again.

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“Default is unattainable,” said a Shanghai resident.

Shanghai plans to resume outdoor activities, and some stores will reopen this week, but most restrictions will remain in effect until May 21, after which public transportation and other services will gradually resume.

The castle should be removed by June, but residents will be subject to frequent checks.

This week, more people were allowed to leave their homes, and many runners and walkers were spotted. Someone was fishing in the Shanghai Stream.

But there were high fences around many of the estates, there were no private cars on the streets, and most people were still confined to their homes.

It’s unclear how many stores reopened this week, but on a positive note, delivery apps showed additional options for people to order from Tuesday.

A social media account run by the ruling People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party, published pictures on Monday evening showing the opening of breakfast bars, restaurants and barbershops.

But one social media user called the post “nonsense”.

“We’ve been locked in the house for two months… This story applies to everyone except Shanghai.”

The entry was deleted on Tuesday morning.

Another state-sponsored media movie predicted the reopening of a grocery store, with about 10 workers in Hazem costumes making heart shapes with their own hands, but only two that looked like shopkeepers.

Customers are required to present an entry pass on a plaque by the store door confirming they can leave the house with a negative government test and other requirements.

In total, Shanghai recorded less than 1,000 new cases on May 16, all in tightly controlled areas.

Investment Warning

China’s hard-line “zero-governance” policy has imposed various restrictions on hundreds of millions of consumers and workers, at which point other parts of the world are being bred to “live with the virus” despite the pandemic.

Data this week shows retail and industrial production fell sharply in April for more than two years, wreaking havoc on the economy with sanctions to shut down Shanghai and dozens of other major cities. Read more

The capital, Beijing, saw a 16% drop in retail sales in April, ushering in the current eruption, according to a Reuters estimate based on January and April data released on Tuesday. Real estate sales are down 26%. Read more

The US Chamber of Commerce has warned that government restrictions could discourage foreign investment in China as travel restrictions disrupt focus on projects. Large companies are also looking for alternatives to supply chains. Read more

Analysts and policy experts say a stagnant Chinese economy will struggle to sustain the shocking recovery it made from the initial depths of the outbreak two years ago. Read more

However, on Tuesday China’s state planner said it would boost support for manufacturers, the service sector and small businesses to curb government influence.

The meeting of China’s top political advisory board with its technical leadership is also closely watching for signs of easing regulatory repression against the sector, which has hampered growth. Read more

China Stock (.CSI 300), (.SSEC) The plant is built with loose regulatory technical research and progress in Shanghai in the case of Kovit.

Tight in Beijing

The latest daily number of cases in Beijing was 52, despite the gradual tightening of control over the past three weeks, and authorities discovering nearly a dozen new infections every day.

Food services have been banned in the capital, some shopping centers and other businesses have closed, public transportation restrictions have been imposed, and many residents have been instructed to work from home.

On Tuesday, state television reported that residents of certain areas in Beijing’s Fengtai District have been ordered to stay within their neighborhoods.

In Suoyong, Beijing’s largest district, some complexes block side exits, while volunteers run main gates who check health data on mobile apps that authorities use to monitor ravenclaw.

Security guards patrolled the beaches of the Liangma Canal, which in recent weeks has become a tourist destination where residents cannot go. Boards were placed asking people to “avoid meetings, gatherings, and eating together”.

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Reporting by David Stanway, Brenda Koo, and Winnie Chao in Shanghai; Martin Quinn Pollard and Elaine Zhang in Beijing; and consoles in Beijing and Shanghai; Written by Marius Zaharia and John Kiddy; Edited by Robert Brussel

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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