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Authorities at China’s commercial hub were forced into a humiliating U-turn yesterday in their battle with Covid-19. Having placed the eastern side of Shanghai, Pudong, into lockdown at the start of the week for what was planned to be five days, officials have decided to keep Pudong citizens in confinement, while the western side, Puxi, went into lockdown as planned today in the original two-stage zero-Covid crackdown strategy hatched last weekend.

Nearly all of the city’s 26m residents are now forced to stay at home with no confirmation for how long the strict measures will stay in place given that Shanghai now accounts for three out of every four local asymptomatic cases across the country.

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