Anti-epidemic staff spray disinfectant on the protective clothing of a police officer in Jing’an district, Shanghai city, China on April 7 – Photo: AFP
On April 7, the Chinese city of Shanghai said it was making every effort to improve the distribution of food and essential items to residents who have had to implement restrictive measures for more than 10 days. to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The financial hub of China has had to impose strict travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease. Only medical personnel, volunteers, delivery workers or special cases are allowed to circulate on the street.
City authorities say the measure has led to a shortage of delivery workers in the city of 26 million people. Among the delivery services still operating in Shanghai but having been overloaded are Alibaba Group’s Meituan, Freshippo, and Ele.me.
Shanghai officials say the city has enough stock of essential items such as rice and meat, but distribution has been difficult due to the impact of the restrictions.
The city will try to reopen some wholesale markets and grocery stores, and increase the number of delivery workers in locked-down areas.
Deserted street scene in blockade days in Shanghai – Video: Xinhua News Agency
Shanghai city authorities denied reports that the city government plans to suspend all delivery operations amid concerns about the spread of disease among the delivery force.
Delivery personnel are required to take PCR and rapid tests every day, and can only deliver when the results are negative.
The city of Shanghai has imposed a blockade of the area east of the Huangpu River since March 28, while most of the remaining areas have been blocked since April 1. Initially, the restrictions were expected to last for a maximum of five days.
However, despite strict disease prevention measures, the number of new infections in Shanghai continues to rise.
According to Reuters news agency, on April 6, this city recorded nearly 20,000 new infections, of which 98% were asymptomatic cases.