Standing in line for mass tests and take-out meals only: Shanghai’s 26 million citizens are coming to terms with the state of emergency. Starting Monday, the city government had surprisingly ordered a lockdown to stop the spread of Sars-CoV-2. After Omicron gained a foothold in the densely populated metropolis, concerns grew that the city could suffer a similar fate to Hong Kong. On Sunday alone, 3450 asymptomatic Covid cases were reported in Shanghai. Public life is being shut down in two stages until April 5 due to the rising number of new Covid infections. Bridges and tunnels have already been closed and highway traffic restricted.
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