Shanghai disinfects homes of people infected with coronavirus as part of China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy

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Shanghai workers in protective gear disinfect the homes of residents infected with COVID-19 as the city aims to stamp out the wave of omicron cases under China’s “zero-COVID” policy.

According to city officials, residents can notify cleaning crews of items that require protection from disinfectant sprays.

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People wearing face masks walk through an intersection in Beijing, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
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People wearing face masks walk through an intersection in Beijing, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
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Authorities also shut down Shanghai’s entire metro system after the city suspended its last two metro lines on Tuesday.

It comes as the city ordered residents in some areas not to leave their homes after some residents were allowed out in recent weeks for limited shopping.

The daily number of new COVID-19 infections in Shanghai fell to around 3,000 on Monday, a significant drop from its peak of 26,000 in mid-April. Authorities have enforced strict protocols for most of the city as governments in other countries ease coronavirus restrictions.

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People wearing face masks walk through an intersection during the evening rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

People wearing face masks walk through an intersection during the evening rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The city reported six more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll from the virus outbreak to 553.

Shanghai’s initial measures included mass testing and a limited lockdown. However, authorities expanded these protocols as the number of cases increased. Thousands of city residents have had to go to centralized quarantine centers after testing positive for the virus or coming into close contact with someone who is COVID-positive.

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A health worker wearing a protective suit walks past masked residents queuing to get their throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site after a case of COVID-19 was detected in an apartment building on Wednesday April 6, 2022, in Beijing.

A health worker wearing a protective suit walks past masked residents queuing to get their throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site after a case of COVID-19 was detected in an apartment building on Wednesday April 6, 2022, in Beijing.
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Residents of several neighborhoods have been ordered in recent days to stay at home and are not allowed to receive deliveries deemed non-essential as part of a “quiet period” which is expected to last until at least Wednesday, according to notices distributed in these neighborhoods. The restrictions could be extended, depending on the results of mass testing, according to the notices.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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