| 26 February 2024, Monday |

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fueling fresh outcry

Shanghai officials, combating a COVID-19 outbreak, have built barriers around residential structures, igniting new public outrage over a lockdown that has kept many of the city’s 25 million residents indoors.

Meanwhile, Beijing’s largest district will force everyone living or working in the region to take three COVID tests this week, and more than a dozen buildings will be closed, after the Chinese capital reported 22 new cases on Saturday. The district of Chaoyang has a population of 3.45 million people.

Images of employees in white hazmat suits sealing housing block doors and blocking off entire streets with green fence – nearly two meters tall – went popular on social media in Shanghai, raising inquiries and protests from residents.

  • Reuters