Shanghai is heading toward normal life activities from June 1. But under the city’s regulations, the vast majority of its residents are still living under restrictions. Reuters reported on May 28 that most people are confined to their residential communities. Businesses are opened but most limited to deliveries.

Shanghai authorities have been avoiding the term “lockdown.” Starting from May 31, they will divide the city into different areas for control, namely low-, medium-, and high-risk areas.

If ten or more positive infections are reported within 14 days, or two or more clustered outbreaks occur, the area is at high-risk.

Within 14 days, no more than ten positive infections are found in the area, or one clustered outbreak happens, and the area is classified as a medium-risk.

As for the low-risk areas, the standard is that no positive infections are recorded within 14 days in the medium and high-risk areas.

After being designated as medium or high-risk areas, authorities will impose the 14-day closed management. People must stay at home, and door-to-door services will be provided. Nucleic acid testing will be carried out once a day.

After the last positive infection is reported in the area, if there is no new positive infection for 14 consecutive days, it will be reduced to low-risk classification.

The city’s pandemic prevention work still follows the existing policies until now. That are the so-called “restricted areas,” “controlled areas,” and “prevention areas.” The system is based on only positive case counts and thereby regulates the different levels of restrictions.

As of May 27, Shanghai was divided into
more than 1,000 restricted areas with a population of 260,000
nearly 7,000 controlled areas, with about 900,000 people
above 62,000 prevention areas, involving over 22 million residents.

Residents in restricted areas must stay at home and adopt door-to-door service, while those in controlled areas cannot leave the community, and gathering is strictly prohibited. The prevention areas implement strengthening social control and strictly limiting the scale of people gathering.

In other words, the financial hub still has been controlling more than 23 million people in total.

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