Shanghai lockdown marks failure of China’s anti-Covid strategy

DECRYPTION – The economic capital of the country had however sworn not to confine, but the multiplication of cases in recent days decided otherwise.

Correspondent in Asia

Funny place for a fight. In front of the fruit and vegetable stalls, the two men come to blows screaming, in the frenzy of this Shanghai supermarket. The scene posted on social networks testifies to the electric atmosphere in the shops taken by storm in China’s largest metropolis, since the confinement decreed on Sunday by the authorities to stem the strongest surge of Covid in the country since more than two years.

The shelves are empty visibly, and food prices are soaring, while the population fears a long-term ordeal. And the drastic measure makes people cringe among citizens tired of weeks of draconian measures, and the multiple changes of foot of the authorities seeking the parade with the very contagious Omicron variant. “This decision is stupid. Everyone rushed to the supermarkets. If there is only one positive case, everyone will be infected! It’s total chaos”

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