Shanghai officials move to impose tightest restrictions yet

Shanghai is now in its seventh week of city-wide restrictions, but instead of the situation easing, city officials will, over the next few days, further restrict access to food and hospitals in some parts of the city, the most severe phase of its extended lockdown yet. Commercial food deliveries are not allowed, and access to hospitals for all but emergencies must first be approved.

Confirmed cases have fallen significantly from their peak, but authorities have not yet been able to hit the target of what they call "societal zero," where no cases are reported outside of quarantine facilities. Despite the stricter measures, Shanghai officials insist that people living in half the city's districts are now free to leave their homes and walk around.

Official notices from local committees of the ruling Communist Party detail several restrictions imposed under what officials call "silent periods" for the next three days. These include only permitting government food deliveries, not allowing residents to "step out" of their front doors, and requiring approval from the committee for anyone other than emergency cases to access hospitals.


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