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Shanghai denies lockdown rumours as daily Covid-19 infections near 1,000

Authorities to stick with a 'slicing and gridding' approach to screen neighbourhoods one by one, rather than shut down entirely.

Shoppers and pedestrians walk along Nanjing Road in Shanghai (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Shoppers and pedestrians walk along Nanjing Road in Shanghai (Photo: Bloomberg)

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Authorities in the Chinese city of Shanghai have denied rumours of a city-wide lockdown after a sixth straight increase in daily asymptomatic coronavirus cases pushed its count to record levels despite a campaign of mass testing aimed at stifling the spread.

The latest outbreak in China's wealthy commercial hub remains tiny by global standards. But its testing campaign, with many people locked in residential compounds for days, follows Beijing's national "dynamic clearance" policy to stamp out flare-ups as quickly as possible.

Daily new local COVID-19 infections in Shanghai neared 1,000 on Tuesday, but authorities vowed to stick with a "slicing and gridding"

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First Published: Mar 23 2022 | 11:47 AM IST

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