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Shanghai residents told to stay inside as lockdown tightened

All residents in the Pudong District, home to many elite financial institutions and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, will be confined to their homes and allowed out only to get a Covid test, according to a statement issued by the area’s residential compounds reviewed by Bloomberg News.

March 29, 2022 / 10:28 AM IST
A police officer stands guard at an exit of a tunnel from the Pudong area, placed under lockdown due to Covid-19, in Shanghai, China, on Monday, March 28, 2022.  Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A police officer stands guard at an exit of a tunnel from the Pudong area, placed under lockdown due to Covid-19, in Shanghai, China, on Monday, March 28, 2022. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Shanghai cranked up lockdown restrictions for people residing in the eastern half of the city, barring everyone from leaving their homes even to walk their dogs as local daily Covid-19 infections jumped to a record 4,477 on Tuesday.

All residents in the Pudong District, home to many elite financial institutions and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, will be confined to their homes and allowed out only to get a Covid test, according to a statement issued by the area’s residential compounds reviewed by Bloomberg News.

Residents shouldn’t walk in the hallways, garages or open areas of their residential compounds in order to reduce the risk of infection, Wu Qianyu, an official with the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, said during a briefing on Tuesday. That includes walking pets.

The stricter lockdown rules came a day after the Chinese financial hub started sealing off its 25 million people in two stages, with half the city locked down for four days, followed by the other half. The goal is to test the entire city for Covid-19, part of the effort to get its biggest outbreak to date under control.