Demand for fridges and freezers in Shanghai has constantly been increasing since the Chinese financial hub started the lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic last month.

Sohu cited GFK Zhongyikang data showing that in the week from March 21-27, sales increased 48.4% year-on-year; from March 28 to April 3, sales grew 46.5% year-on-year; and in the week from April 4-10, sales soared 153.2% year-on-year.

Shanghai imposed the lockdown after the first case of infected Omicron emerged in the city more than a month ago.

Aboluowang reported that people’s access to medicine was a major problem because of Shanghai’s lockdown order. They also had difficulties in buying food and vegetables.

The surge in freezer demand showed that people in Shanghai had hoarded grain, vegetables, and other goods over concerns about the strict lockdown.

According to Da Ji Yuan, many people in Shanghai no longer believed the authorities’ propaganda of the so-called “sufficient supply of supplies” and began to stock up. On April 12, “Shanghai freezer sales doubled” appeared on Baidu’s hot search.

According to Reuters, Shanghai reported 25,141 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, April 12, up from 22,348 a day earlier, and symptomatic cases also jumped to 1,189 from 994.

The news outlet said that the Chinese commercial capital of Shanghai warned on Wednesday that anyone who violates COVID-19 lockdown rules would be dealt with strictly while also rallying citizens to defend their city as its tally of new cases rebounded to more than 25,000.

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