Shanghai’s Month-Plus Lockdown expands to Suburbs

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    East China's Tonglu county has ordered the entire population of 450,000 to undergo obligatory Chinese coronavirus testing beginning May 8, and banned the population “from moving freely” beginning May 9th according to the Global Times reported.

    Tonglu county's anti-epidemic taskforce issued an order on Monday prohibiting the residents of the county to “go[ing] out of their villages or compounds unless necessary. Those who want to enter or exit must provide negative results for nucleic acid testing obtained within 24 hours.”

    Tonglu county is managed by Hangzhou and is the capital in Zhejiang province. Communist Party officials ordered Tonglu's county-wide lockdown Monday after finding a handful of symptoms and asymptomatic Chinese coronavirus-related infections in Hangzhou during the past few days. The coronavirus sufferers “were found to have movement itineraries in Tonglu” during the weeks leading up to May 9 in The Global Times. The Tonglu-based and Hangzhou-based coronavirus patient “additionally had visited epicenters outside the province [of Zhejiang],” according to Tonglu the county's administration.

    The task force that Tonglu has appointed to combat the epidemic announced that it had put up physical barriers at the areas of the entrances and exits to housing complexes throughout The county Monday in order to “seal off” the apartment complexes from outsiders and stop escapes during the Communist Party's lockdown.

    “To curb the potential transmission of the virus, the county will strictly implement the controls on the areas in lockdown which will be sealed off with physical measures. Residents in areas under control and in precaution will be banned to gather or go out of the area,” Tonglu county's news release of May 9 read.

    In the outside of Zhejiang province and the city that is Shanghai's closest to Jiangyin also issued an order to its 950,000 residents to adhere to movement restrictions on Monday, in order to limit the city's own Chinese coronavirus epidemic.

    “[A] temporary citywide traffic control has been implemented and the citywide nucleic acid screening has been rolled out,” the Global Times observed of Jiangyin's lockdown on the 9th of May in reference to the city's epidemic prévention and control task group.

    Jiangyin is one of the cities that falls under the authority of Wuxi the major city within Jiangsu province. The two cities Jiangyin along with Tonglu county are situated just a few miles from Shanghai that is currently under a municipal-wide Chinese Coronavirus ban since the 5th of April. Shanghai is situated about 90 miles to the south in Jiangyin as well as 170 miles to the northeast of Tonglu county.

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