Shanghai Metro launched a major announcement on May 10 that, based on superior authority order, they would close the service of Metro Lines 6 and 16 from 1 pm the same day. Both lines are in the Pudong district.
These subway lines were the last two still operating before the notice.
This sudden announcement marks the first time the city’s metro network has been entirely out of service.
Many netizens respond that the announcement came out of nowhere. This might confuse those who go out by subway in the morning.
Some complain that metro officials are too slow to announce the news. They worry that hundreds of people who sat on these two lines in the morning suddenly cannot return. They wonder why the authorities didn’t notify sooner.
Another netizen states that it is unbelievable to announce nearly 40 minutes in advance. He joked that he should praise the Shanghai Metro’s ability to handle affairs.
It has been 40 days since the lockdown in the financial hub, and the number of confirmed cases in a single day still exceeds 2,000. Most of its 25 million citizens have been confined to their homes.