People enjoy a moment of leisure in the Bund area of Shanghai May 28, 2022 as the city recovers from a prolonged COVID outbreak. (PHOTO / IC)
SHANGHAI – Most residents of China's commercial hub of Shanghai face another round of mass COVID-19 testing this weekend as the city's government aimed to prevent a renewed outbreak.
Shanghai officials on Thursday said seven of the city's 16 districts would carry out PCR testing for all residents over the weekend due to the discovery of a few cases in the community.
Another six districts announced similar plans later in the day. Some of the districts said residents would not be allowed to leave their homes while the testing was carried out.
During the sampling communities will carry out 'closed management', there will be only entry and not exit, which will be lifted after the sampling is over.
Changning district govt
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"During the sampling communities will carry out 'closed management', there will be only entry and not exit, which will be lifted after the sampling is over," read one notice from Changning district.
"We hope that residents … will participate in an orderly way in the PCR testing."
The Chinese economic hub resumed normal life and production last week after a two-month lockdown was lifted. Still, some residential compounds have been sealed off for mass testing when cases emerged as authorities pursue a "dynamic zero-COVID" policy.
Residents need to have proof they have taken a COVID test within the last 72 hours to enter areas like malls and offices, and to use subways and buses.
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