China's largest COVID-19 lockdown in 2 years

A growing outbreak in Shanghai prompted China's most extensive lockdown in two years, as concerns arose about the cost of its "zero-COVID" strategy.

Shanghai, China's financial capital and largest city with 26 million residents, had previously managed smaller outbreaks with limited lockdowns of housing compounds and workplaces.

But the two-phase citywide lockdown will be the most extensive since late 2019 when Wuhan quarantined its 11 million residents for 76 days. Since then, millions more have been confined.

Shanghai's Pudong financial district and surrounding areas will be closed Monday through Friday for mass testing.

The second phase of the lockdown will begin Friday in the city's vast downtown area west of the Huangpu River.

Residents will be required to remain at home, and deliveries will be left at checkpoints. In addition, all non-essential businesses and services will be closed.

Many communities in Shanghai have been closed for a week, with residents required to take multiple COVID-19 tests

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