One week into Shanghai’s announced reopening, citizens of some neighborhoods were on a rollercoaster celebrating their freedom one day, only to see their relief turn to despair as many communities went into lockdown again.
According to residents, on June 7, Hunan Street in Xuhui District would close down for 14 days. Many residents were recorded carrying their luggage and rushing through the streets, apparently trying to flee the lockdown while there was still time.
Chinese language media Xin Tang Ren reported that for a community on Linfen Road, Jing’an District, the closure returned on June 5. Workers erected the barriers overnight and welded them together. A community on Yongjia Road was also sealed, with all residents taken to the isolation center.
On the Weibo platform, Urban China reported that the neighborhoods of Lane 186, Lane 188, and Lane 339 of South Shaanxi Road were sealed, although they were considered low-risk areas. Occupants were also called to move to the quarantine centers.
An online user said that as people questioned the sudden lockdown action, a notice was put out the following day. She noted it bore no legal seals from relevant officials.
The notice explains that there have been instances of close contact with positive cases and PCR testing results of some people who came out positive in the neighborhood. It urges the community to remain at home and take COVID-19 tests.
In a different video, enraged residents shook the community gates, demanding their freedom.