The Shanghai Health Commission’s Weibo reported 1,259 new local cases on May 10, bringing the total number to above 600,000. In addition, there were 11 new deaths. The oldest is 90 years old, while the youngest is 65. Since April 17, there have been 547 deaths in Shanghai.

Wanli street was the first to announce that it had achieved “societal zero” COVID status on May 9, which means that the number of new cases in unguarded zones is zero.

However, instead of easing lockdown, the street said it would enter “static management.” It means that residents are still required to remain at home, whereas medical workers, food delivery staff, and volunteers need to reduce their traveling.

According to the South China Morning Post, the subdistrict government said in a notice, “We cannot accept complacency and have to keep up the fight against the virus until the pandemic is entirely contained.”

Beforehand, the street allowed residents to go out shopping starting May 1.

As Li Muyang, a China expert in New York, said, Shanghai’s fight against the virus looks more like a war against people. Imprison them at home while restricting the movement of medical staff, food delivery, volunteers, and imposing shutdown orders.

Not only Wanli, but many communities such as Pudong and Yangpu District have also issued notices to citizens in advance to continue to stay at home from May 10 until 12:00 on 15.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Shanghai citizens are saying the new round of closure and control in Shanghai is stricter than before. A hashtag on China’s Weibo platform says, “If one person tests positive, the whole building isolates,” which has cumulated millions of views since May 7.

Facing a food crisis in the previous lockdown policy, group buying was the lifeline for communities. However, it came with an unreasonably high price, sometimes even ten times the regular cost.

But with a new round of closure, people’s group purchase channels have been blocked. They are now wholly dependent on the local government to distribute supplies.

Muyang is also worried about when will the Shanghai people receive the supplies. Recently, there have been online videos that exposed local authorities were stacking up the materials without distributing them. Some Shanghainese even found the food being left to rot or thrown away in garbage bins.

He said the new week of closure could be another challenging period for the Shanghai people. He speculated it to be a week of extreme darkness.

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