According to the Wall Street Journal, Shanghai health authorities have revealed an aggressive new COVID-19 containment plan.
As reported by Bloomberg, the nine-point action plan will take effect from Friday, April 22. The living areas will be geographically divided into restricted, controlled, and prevention zones.
People who reside in restricted areas where there have been virus cases over the past seven days must stay home. Those living in controlled areas where there have been no virus cases for seven days in a row are restricted to their compounds.
Residents of prevention areas can go out of their compounds but are not permitted to access restricted and controlled areas.
Depending on the residents’ living zones, more mass nucleic and rapid antigen tests will be conducted daily, or 3 to 4 days per week.
According to Wall Street Journal, Shanghai will add more quarantine hospital beds and transfer COVID patients and their close contacts to quarantine centers.
Shanghai authorities asked the infected patients to use traditional Chinese medications without specifying other treatments.
However, Bloomberg reported on April 23 that Shanghai COVID cases have rebounded as strict lockdown persists.
The latest report from the Shanghai Health Commission showed about 2,700 cases with symptoms and 23,370 patients without symptoms. There were 23,370 new local infections on Friday, April 22, compared with 17,629 thousand cases on Thursday.
Additionally, the number of deaths rose to 12 on April 22, from 11 the previous day. According to the Shanghai Health Commission’s report, the total number of fatalities from the current outbreak is 48.
Bloomberg cited Shanghai authorities saying that the epidemic situation is still very serious. As a result, preventive and control work is at a critical moment.
Shanghai has been locked down for four weeks since April 1. Restraints from the strict policy have caused frustration among residents due to limited access to food supplies, medical treatment, and other necessities.
John Edwards, U.K.Trade Commissioner to China, said, “The longer that this goes on, the frustrations are continuing to grow.”
In addition, expatriates and global businesses are fleeing from Shanghai due to the crisis.
According to Edwards, British enterprises are delaying their investment decisions in China.
He added, “The uncertainty about how long this will continue, and in what form, continues to impact business confidence.”