Shanghai plans to test for COVID-19 on its 25 million residents as the city entered a two-stage lockdown on Monday, March 28.

The South China Morning Post reported that China’s biggest economic hub asked its citizens to do rapid antigen self-tests on Sunday, April 3. The following day, Shanghai will conduct a citywide nucleic acid test.

Shanghai reported 8,226 new infections on Sunday, most of which were asymptomatic. According to Reuters, Shanghai accounted for most of mainland China’s locally transmitted asymptomatic cases each day.

Wu Qianyu, a senior official at Shanghai Health Commission, claimed on Sunday, April 3, “We are trying to achieve a dynamic zero-Covid goal as soon as possible.”

“At present we are pushing ahead with a new round of nucleic tests that are targeted at eradicating high-risk transmission points, cutting transmission chains and stopping the spread of the infections,” Wu said.

Recently, many Shanghai citizens expressed their dissatisfaction with the Zero tolerance approach of the lockdown implemented on Monday, March 28.

AP reported that people continue to be confined amid complaints about food deliveries and the availability of medications and health services.

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