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Lockdown lifted in Yingqian Village

NORMALCY returned with people on the move again as the COVID-19 lockdown at Yingqian Village ended at 6pm yesterday.

The village, in Zhuqiao Town in the Pudong New Area, was rated a medium-risk area on November 9 after a porter from the village was confirmed with coronavirus infection.

The city government said yesterday the village would be downgraded to a low-risk area from today as no locally transmitted cases had been reported for 14 consecutive days.

By 5:30pm, people had lined up behind a cordon line and rushed out as soon as the roadblocks were removed.

“It’s so great. I’m free. Let’s overcome COVID-19,” Shi Zhaomei said.

Shi said she had rented a place in the village in May as she had been recruited as a truck driver by a local logistics company. It was her second experience of 14-day home quarantine.

Zhu Cuiping and her husband, both workers at a logistics company, were excited. Zhu said her husband drove the truck into the village about two hours before the lockdown. They spent 14 days squeezed inside the truck.

“We’ve suffered a loss of over 30,000 yuan (US$4,572). But fortunately, we are leaving safe and sound,” she said.

“The village provided us free meals three times a day. I appreciate their kindness.”

There are nearly 3,000 households, and all of them have been granted access cards. People who don’t live in the village should show their ID cards and negative test certificates carried out within seven days to be allowed to enter the village.

In Pudong, the other four medium-risk areas are still under lockdown. They are the Mingtianhuacheng residential complex in Zhoupu Town, Xinsheng and Lane 450 Hangcheng No. 7 Road in Zhuqiao Town, and 126 Shunhe Road neighborhood in Zhangjiang Town.

Xinsheng has set up three checkpoints on the way leading to the community. Only community workers and express deliverymen are allowed to pass the first checkpoint, which is about 100 meters away from the second one. Security guards are on duty.

A supermarket several meters behind the first checkpoint is still open, but only for community workers making purchases at the request of residents in quarantine.

Shelves and tents have been put up outside the neighborhood for express delivery goods.


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