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Anger in Shanghai as Covid Return Spurs Fear of New Lockdown

  • Cases are back in the double digits as new sub-variant found
  • Residents are bulk buying again; businesses far from recovery
A man delivers food to a resident through an opening in the barricade surrounding a neighborhood under Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, on July 10.
A man delivers food to a resident through an opening in the barricade surrounding a neighborhood under Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, on July 10.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Tension is spreading through Shanghai as residents watch the Covid-19 caseload tick higher, fueling fears they’re headed back into lockdown little more than five weeks after exiting a bruising two-month ordeal.

The city reported 59 new infections for Monday, the fourth day in a row case numbers have held above 50. The sharp rise from single digits about a week ago follows the detection of the more contagious BA.5 sub-strain of the omicron variant, which has triggered two additional rounds of mass testing between Tuesday and Thursday this week across nine of the financial hub’s 16 districts, as well as other areas where cases have been found.