On July 5, Shanghai suddenly announced a lockdown without warning while Xi’an city, Shaanxi province, imposed a temporary lockdown for seven days.

Shanghai Municipal Health Commission ordered 12 of 16 administrative districts to conduct two large-scale nucleic acid tests within three days from July 5 to 7.

During the screening period, residents must hold a negative nucleic acid certificate within 48 hours or a sampling certificate within 24 hours.

The financial hub continuously reported multiple cases recently.

On July 4, the city recorded three local positive cases and five asymptomatic infections. Nine confirmed local positive cases and 15 asymptomatic infections were found on July 5. On the following day, the number of infections soared to 32 and 22, respectively.

Most cases are related to a cluster of illegally-run KTVs in Lanxi Road, Putuo District, which has been listed as a high-risk area.

The financial hub has updated the list of high and medium-risk areas. There were only one high and four medium-risk areas on July 3. As reported by the Paper, these figures rose to 7 high and 28 medium three days later.

The local government adjusted to 1 high and 49 medium risk areas on July 7.

At the same time, Xi’an city implements a seven-day temporary lockdown from July 6. Public places in the city would be temporarily closed.

Before the announcement, there were a few positive cases reported. July 4 recorded seven local cases and two new asymptomatic infections, all in Xi’an, while July 5 saw only 1 and 10 cases, respectively. After the announcement, Shaanxi added three local cases and one asymptomatic infection.

The video shows Xi’an residents rushing to flee by train. If they could not buy a ticket, they would take a high-priced taxi to get out of the city.

Many residents who choose to stay also rush to grab food supplies at supermarkets overnight, and some recognize that the price of vegetables and meat has skyrocketed. Shopping cards are issued to residents for controlling purposes.

One food store was forced to close on the first day of opening.

The gene sequencing results of the positive infections in this epidemic round are Omicron subtype variant BA5. Compared with the previous BA2, this variant has a 30% increase in transmission power with faster transmission speed and stronger immune escape ability.

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