Shanghai’s weekend Covid-19 testing blitz shows cases contained


Shanghai’s weekend Covid-19 testing blitz found the virus seemingly contained, after a spike in cases last week had fanned concern the city would be plunged back into lockdown.

The financial hub reported 13 Covid cases for Sunday (June 19) and nine on Saturday. Just one case each day was found outside government-mandated quarantine.

It was the first weekend of a mass-testing drive designed to stamp out the virus after community cases rose in the days after the city emerged from a punishing two-month lockdown.

China is increasingly relying on frequent mass testing to stick to its Covid Zero stance in the face of the hyper-infectious omicron variant, with tens of thousands of testing booths being set up across large hubs nationwide to allow regular swabbing.

In Beijing, five cases were recorded on Sunday and one on Saturday. The capital resumed all subway services and some bus operations yesterday as cases decline.

Nationwide, 24 cases were recorded on Sunday, the fewest in more than three months.

The tech hub of Shenzhen reported a flareup over the weekend, prompting mass testing in a downtown district and a lockdown of some neighborhoods in the Futian and Luohu areas from 6pm Saturday.

While cases were only in single digits, the spike came about three months after the city was locked down for a week to stymie the virus’ spread.

Meantime, Macau reported its first cases in eight months just days after easing visitor quarantine requirements.

The gaming hub discovered 21 preliminary-positive cases in the local community as of Sunday evening, the government said in a Facebook post.

There will be mass testing of residents between Sunday and Tuesday while schools and “non-essential business” will be shut until further notice.



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