Shanghai—which has largely remained under lockdown for more than a month—faced a setback on Monday as officials detected 58 new Covid-19 cases outside neighborhoods that are under complete lockdown, potentially delaying reopening plans while Beijing carried out another round of mass testing in the city as more infections emerge.
According to China’s National Health Commission, a total of 7,333 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Shanghai on Monday, while Beijing reported 41 new infections.
Shanghai reported 32 new deaths from Covid-19 on Monday, down from 38 a day earlier.
While the number of new cases in Shanghai have been trending downward, Monday’s figures are a blow as all new cases in the city from the previous two days had been reported in areas that are completely sealed off.
Millions in the Chinese financial hub have been under stringent lockdown, but people in some neighborhoods with zero cases have been allowed to step out of their houses.
While cases in Beijing have not surged upwards like Shanghai, authorities in the city have failed to completely stomp them out with several dozens of being reported every day.
The Chinese capital has been desperately trying to avoid a Shanghai style lockdown but officials have shut down dining at restaurants while several schools in the city have switched over to remote learning.