As China continues to pursue its “zero-Covid” ambitions, coronavirus figures in Shanghai — the country’s biggest city and financial capital — have seen the communist dictatorship confine citizens to their homes again. The economic impact of yet another standstill calls into question whether the nation’s strategy against the virus is sustainable in the long run. With numbers in the city hitting their highest levels since the early days of the pandemic, officials have moved to experiment with a new sort of lockdown that has split Shanghai in two.
The eastern side of the Huangpu River is shut down from March 28 to April 1.
Then, once testing is complete in the area, it will be the western side’s turn for a four-day lockdown.
The city government said on its WeChat account on Sunday, March 27: “The public is asked to support, understand and cooperate with the city’s epidemic prevention and control work, and participate in nucleic acid testing in an orderly…