After the Shanghai government announced the reopening on June 1, nucleic acid testing campaigns have also increased. Shanghai residents need a negative certificate to move around the city.
Eight districts in Shanghai are simultaneously testing all employees
Chinese-language media Xin Tang Ren reported that, as officially announced, on June 11, the districts of New Pudong, Huangpu, Jing’an, Xuhui, Hongkou, Baoshan, Minhang, Song Giang, and others, will conduct nucleic acid testing for all citizens.
Among them, Jiading county announced that conducting nucleic acid testing for all citizens at least once a week is necessary.
Jinshan County requires nucleic acid testing for all citizens every Saturday in June and once on June 11, 18, and 25.
In some other districts, the community PCR testing was announced for November 11. The authorities of the these areas did not carry out any further testing.
Songjiang County informed all citizens that the inspection period is June 11 and 12.
Minhang District has ordered that nucleic acid testing be carried out throughout the county on the morning of June 11. The county will be closed during the sampling period. And the closure will be lifted after the sampling is completed.
The newspaper also said that there are 16 city districts in Shanghai, but 8 have carried out testing. That number accounts for half of the city. That’s no different than putting Shanghai in the lockdown atmosphere that started last March.
Xin Tang Ren quoted netizens’ comments as saying, “I’m really speechless. Why is it closed every weekend? Before the city was closed, it was like this. Like the other prisoners, they go out to work on weekdays and are locked up on weekends”… “Do you feel like returning to March? “
The Chinese government announced that from 0:00 to 24 hours on June 9, only 6 new cases were confirmed. Even so, many areas have been locked down, but this was not officially announced.
Besides, the congestion at the testing site has quickly become an obsession of the Shanghai people. And with such a large number of people, the test quality is also a question mark.
Twitter users on June 9 posted a video depicting PCR testing sites that are always packed and in long lines.
Another video shows a PCR testing site in Shanghai on June 2.
More disturbing, one video shows a group of people in plain clothes gluing stickers to nucleic acid tubes without gloves or protective clothing. A Twitter user said, “Nucleic acid testing in Shanghai is in chaos.”
Inadequacies in testing nucleic acids have caused discontent
Chinese-language media Sound of Hope quoted a Shanghai resident complaining that it takes 48 hours for the nucleic acid tests to come out, so even if the lockdown is lifted, they cannot go out as they need an updated negative result to move around.
Also, Shanghai people worry as the massive testing has led to long queues everywhere. In the past, many people have been infected while waiting to be tested. But if you don’t get tested, you can’t move.
Ms. Ma told Radio Free Asia that queuing up to do nucleic acid has become the most troublesome thing for Shanghai people: “If the normalization of nucleic acid has always existed, it will be a sword hanging over people’s heads. No matter where you go, if you don’t have a 48 or 72-hour nucleic acid certificate, you can’t move. This means you have to do it every day because the validity is calculated from the sampling time. The report is usually released the next day, which adds a lot of trouble to ordinary people and creates a sense of psychological fear.