LockDown in Shanghai, reopening of companies in June

Points reported in Shanghai

  • Continuation of the gradual deconfinement plan (section 1)
  • Resumption of consulate services in a degraded regime (section 2)
  • Closure of the psychological helpline (section 4)
  • Reopening of taxis for trips to the airport, as well as public transport (section 7)
  • Clarifications on the restrictions on foreign stays of Chinese nationals (section 7)
  • New quarantine measures on arrival in Shanghai from medium or high risk areas (section 7)


=National figures=

362 new cases announced (including 266 asymptomatic) during the day of May 27.

National total = 20,652 (17,552 asymptomatic)

152 new cases announced (including 131 asymptomatic) during the day of May 27


Current total (estimated): 10,000 people positive. 114 serious cases and no new deaths. 588 deaths of positive people since the beginning of this epidemic outbreak, almost all related to comorbidities (average age > 80 years).


6 new cases announced (3 asymptomatic) during the day of May 27.

Current total = 48 (including 31 asymptomatic)


10 new cases announced (asymptomatic) during the day of May 27.

Current total= 390 cases (365 asymptomatic)


5 new cases announced (all asymptomatic) during the day of May 27.

Current total= 52 cases (all asymptomatic)

  1. Continued improvement of the epidemic situation and the progressive deconfinement plan.

The number of infections continues to decline gradually and is now below 200 daily cases. The number of French nationals who tested positive is very small and could reach zero in the coming days.

The Shanghai Municipality is continuing to implement the gradual deconfinement plan. For the record, the three phases are May 16-21 – start of deconfinement, May 22-31 – transitional phase, June 1-30 – resumption of activity. The current second phase should in principle result in the gradual disappearance of the confined areas of the city. At present, 80% of the city’s population is now in a “prevention zone”, however this does not automatically translate into exit permits. For those who do get the exit permit, in most cases it is for limited exits, including shopping at designated supermarkets. Most businesses remain closed, with the exception of some supermarkets and pharmacies. Several metro lines have been restarted, as well as more than 200 bus lines, with attendance remaining very limited at this stage. No announcement has been made for the moment on the return to circulation of personal cars.

At the same time, the cycles of massive screenings continue, each district successively announcing full screening plans for the population, with PCR tests organized every two days, generally accompanied by the suspension of authorizations to leave residences. Non-participation in screenings can in principle lead to the loss of the “green code” explain the Chinese influence club

The resumption of economic activity remains limited by the drastic conditions of “closed management” on the side of companies (obligation to house on site or to organize point-to-point transport for employees), and the difficulty of obtaining an essential ” return to work permit” on the employee side.

At this stage, only certain peripheral districts have returned to a more complete form of return to normal, with the reopening of public transport, shops and administrations, as well as the resumption of car traffic within the same district.

The third phase of Reopeing will begin on June 1, with several measures announced:

  • reopening of companies, offices and industrial parks subject to the implementation of an epidemic “prevention plan”, subject to the validation of local authorities;
  • abolition of the system of “return to work permits” for employees, who will also be authorized to go to work by public transport;
  • abolition of the obligation to manage companies in a closed circuit (employees can stay at home and make a daily round trip to their place of work);
  • reopening of shopping centers and supermarkets, with a gauge of 75%, as well as hairdressers, dry cleaners and restaurants for take-out;
  • reopening of certain public parks in the city centre.