In early June, Shanghai announced it would fully restore the city’s normal production and living order. However, more than 20 million Shanghai residents now face normalized nucleic acid testing restrictions, which has caused a lot of inconvenience for the public.

In Shanghai, those who use public transportation and access public places must have a negative nucleic acid test report done within 72 hours of such activity.

According to the Chinese media outlet Xinmin Evening News, people had to queue in long lines for nucleic acid samples at several places and faced several difficulties. Furthermore, many other issues, such as delayed COVID detection results, were also reported.

Problems regarding expired nucleic acid test 

Residents in Shanghai’s Minhang and Yangpu districts stated that nucleic acid testing centers in their communities only admit citizens who are already “72-hour nucleic acid negative.” 

Miss Zhu is an example of this. She went to take the nucleic acid test because she didn’t have a certificate proving that she had a negative nucleic acid test result. But she was told she must have a negative nucleic acid certificate before doing the nucleic acid test. So Miss Zhu was at a loss for what to do.

Some community residents sometimes receive yellow codes for failing to take nucleic acid tests in time. But unfortunately, the nucleic acid testing points also turned down these people, asking them to go to the hospital to do it.

Miss Chen, a Yangpu District resident, said she had been reading the news releases for the past few days. However, she couldn’t find any official explanation for the aforementioned regulations.

Additionally, a person from the Jing’an District named Zhou recounted her story. She said she and her entire family had just returned from the quarantine camps. Her family also completed the home health monitoring period. However, she was refused when she came to do a nucleic acid test near her home with a certificate of release from isolation points.

Miss Zhou added that a nucleic acid point at Changping Road and Xikang Road posted a notice. The notice states that persons who have been discharged from isolation sites will not be allowed to get nucleic acid tested at this test location for the time being.

The staff said the green codes of individuals discharged from the hospital and quarantine cabins were locked. Thus they had to go to a medical institution to take COVID tests.

Lining up for the COVID test takes a long time, causing residents to complain

Another Xuhui District resident said that her first day of work was June 1. After work, she went to the nucleic acid testing center near the community to take the COVID test. After an hour and a half of waiting in line, it was almost her turn. However, it was near the testing point’s closing time. There was still a long line behind her. Some were so angry that they called the cops.

Miss Wang, a resident of Taopu Town, Putuo District, told reporters that the nucleic acid testing site had a long queue and too few staff. The staff informed her that all test tubes had been used up when she arrived. It took another half an hour to get test tubes to the test site.

A similar case happened on the evening of June 1. Sina reported that a nucleic acid testing site in Putuo District, Shanghai, was smashed.

The local officials told the residents not to line up anymore because the number of people had exceeded the available test tubes for the evening. Many of these people had waited in line for more than two hours.

In response to the announcement, a man expressed displeasure by throwing the roadblock at the testing site, overturning the table—sending collected nucleic acid samples flying to the ground.

The nucleic acid test results don’t arrive on time

According to Chinese media, Sohu, one netizen living in Yangpu District, reported that her nucleic acid test results had not been released after 15 hours of waiting. 

Another citizen said she did a COVID test at a testing point near her community at 18:20 on June 1. However, her test results didn’t come out until 12:10 on June 2. An interval of nearly 18 hours.

It’s worth noting that the nucleic acid is only valid within 72 hours. Therefore, this kind of slow returning results will affect the everyday life and work of citizens.

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