COVID: Leashed, Shanghai residents sleep in office and can’t take out their dog

Almost the entire city was booked out for over two weeks.



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By day, the office is, at night, a temporary home: In the face of strict containment measures crippling Shanghai in the midst of the epidemic, employees in China are camping at their workplaces to continue their activity at all costs.

Strong rush for Covid

China’s economic capital is facing its biggest wave of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. To deal with this problem, authorities have confined nearly all of the population of 25 million people to their homes for more than two weeks. The bell tower in Shanghai was initially scheduled to last four days and is carried out in two stages: first the eastern part of the city, then the western part.

Feeling the tide turned, some from the first hours of confinement chose to remain at their workplace to reduce the economic impact. This is the case of Romeo, the Chinese who prefers to use a pseudonym to testify. In his work , People sleep on the first and second floors, and (the rest of the time) everyone is in their position », refers to this employee who works in finance.

People mean themselves

By necessity, interactions between colleagues are necessary even after work hours, without infringing on intimacy, Romeo asserts. On social networks, videos of factory workers sleeping on makeshift mattresses while their colleagues continue to produce were not uncommon. It appears that the containment, initially announced as a gradual and local measure, will continue while the rest of the world learns how to live with the virus.

This measure, which severely punishes supplies, surprised many Shanghainese residents. ” I never thought about my meals and watched my consumption a lot One of them, Frank Tsai, who hoarded food for only four days, says the authorities initially announced the duration of the confinement. After seven days of confinement, the parts are made of smaller and smaller “With reserves running out, this businessman confirms from his apartment, who usually organizes conferences.

58 euros for soda and noodles

Ms. Ma, a resident who prefers to hide her full identity, claims to have paid 400 yuan (58 euros) for a soft drink and instant noodles, as resupplies are not available in Shanghai. In recent weeks, food prices in the city have skyrocketed, while thousands of heavy goods vehicles are stranded at the city’s gates. Delivery apps, which are very popular in China, are struggling to keep up with demand that has spread so hard, due to a shortage of delivery staff.

Shanghai, a capital in normal times on a full spree, has experienced extraordinary calm in recent weeks, broken only by announcements from authorities to stay at home, broadcast by drones and… robot dogs. Pet owners resort to System D, in which trips are strictly prohibited even for the needs of small dogs.

The Health Department reported more than 23,000 new positive cases in the city on Tuesday. The numbers are very high for China, which is one of the last countries in the world to implement the zero Covid strategy.



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