On March 27, 2022, China locked down half of the city of Shanghai, and then the other half shortly thereafter.
In order to enforce the lockdown measures and meet the requirements of a city of 26 million inhabitants, more than 30,000 paramedics and 2,000 military personnel were deployed.
China introduced a zero-covid policy early into the pandemic and continues to focus on a strategy to explore more effective measures and coordination to achieve this goal.
According to some reports, parents had been separated from their children for more than a week because of the isolation policies. It was also reported that some people had been turned away from hospitals that had been closed for disinfection. Other reports and social media news claimed that the public was increasingly frustrated by measures that impede access to basic supplies such as food and medicines. Many people have expressed concern that they did not fear the virus itself but being sent to the quarantine centres instead.
Throughout the pandemic, China’s international borders have been effectively closed, preventing almost everyone from entering or leaving, and there is no indication yet as to when these severe lockdown measures will end.
China’s zero COVID policy is putting increasing pressure on China’s economy and business environment in China and around the world.
Many question how this zero-covid policy will develop and how long it will last.