Shanghai is imposing COVID mass testing on all residents living in the downtown Yangpu district. The district’s 1.3 million people will be confined to their homes until the results come back.

The demand reminds Shanghai’s 25 million residents of the horrifying two-month lockdown of the entire city over the summer. The unprecedented lockdown of China’s largest city caused food shortages and many social disasters.

At that time, authorities said the lockdown would last a few days but eventually prolonged it to two months. The fear is still there.

In related news, the business magazine Caixin cited bidding documents showing that Shanghai wants to build a permanent quarantine center on an island in the Huangpu River.

The $345 million project will create 3,009 isolation rooms and 3,250 beds. The permanent quarantine center is due for completion in 6 months. 

On Friday, October 28, China reported over 1,300 new cases—most of them asymptomatic—with no further deaths. Shanghai also reported only 11 asymptomatic cases.

The Chinese Communist Party concluded its Congress meeting last week. Chinese leader Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third five-year term in power, and loyal party members filled top positions. Since then, China hasn’t shown any sign that it will relieve its strict “zero-COVID” policy.

Anti-lockdown protests have sprung up across China, from Shanghai in the east to Tibet far to the west. 

For example, in Tibet, this Wednesday, October 26, Tibetans and Han Chinese were seen pouring into the street of the capital Lhasa protesting a 74-day lockdown with no end in sight.

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