According to Reuters, health officials in Shanghai reported on Sunday that they had detected a case involving a new COVID-19 subvariant, Omicron BA.5.2.1.
Zhao Dandan, the vice-director of the city’s health commission, said the new subvariant was found in a COVID-19 case reported on July 8 in Pudong’s financial district and was related to a patient from overseas.
Zhao added, “Our city has recently continued to report more locally transmitted positive cases (of COVID-19) and the risk of the epidemic spreading through society remains very high.”
Mass testing for Covid will also be carried out twice between July 12 and July 14 in nine districts of China’s financial hub.
Per Bloomberg, Shanghai reported 57 new infections on Saturday, after 59 cases were confirmed on Friday. According to a government statement, the city added 38 middle-risk and one high-risk areas after designating 40 mid-risk and three high-risk areas the day before.
According to Radio Free Asia, up to now, local infection cases linked to BA.5 sub-variant have been found in cities such as Xi’an in Shaanxi, Beijing, and Dalian in Liaoning.
In a series of videos uploađed on Youtube on July 10, many places in Shanghai are now under tight control again. Even at night, workers are busy setting up fences surrounding the community’s gates. [Video 0:00-0:33]
Businesses are broken. A female merchant held a 100-yuan bill and said she hadn’t seen this bill for three days. [Video 0:44- 0:54]
Another video shows citizens have to line up in long queues to conduct COVID tests in the rain. [Video]