Shanghai Locked Down, Global Supply Chain Worsens Again

Shanghai Locked Down, Global Supply Chain Worsens Again

Shanghai Locked Down, Global Supply Chain Worsens Again

While many countries around the world have largely recovered from the covid-19 outbreak, a new wave of the outbreak, caused by a mutated strain of Omicron, is spreading rapidly in mainland China. The Communist government continues to adhere to its extreme "Zeroing out" policy that has been in place since the beginning of the outbreak, and after the city-wide lockdown of Shenzhen and Dongguan in Guangdong from March 14, Shanghai officially announced on the evening of March 27 that the city would be locked down in batches from March 28 at 5:00 pm, using the Huangpu River as the boundary. From 3am on April 1 to 3am on April 5, the whole area will be closed for 4 days, during which two full-scale nucleic acid tests will be conducted.

During the lockdown period, all residents and communities were managed in a restricted manner, with only entry and no exit, and all residents must stay in their homes except to go downstairs for nucleic acid testing. At the same time, all public transportation, including subways, ferries and taxis, were closed, and all production were restricted, and all office workers were forced to work from home. This cosmopolitan city of 25 million people came to a semi-standstill.

In early March, a new wave of outbreak occurred in Shanghai and some residential communities have been classified as medium to high risk for lockdown management. At a press conference on March 26, Wu Fan, an expert on Shanghai's Epidemic Prevention and Control Board, stressed that the city would not be locked down, saying that if the city stopped its operations, there would be many more international cargo ships floating on the East China Sea, because “Shanghai is not only of the Shanghai people, but also of the whole country. It carries an important function in the economic and social development of the country, and even has an impact on the global economy.