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Shanghai, China’s financial hub, has been split in two to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Shanghai, China’s financial capital, began a two-stage lockdown on Monday, shutting down bridges and tunnels and restricting highway traffic in an effort to curb a surge in local COVID-19 cases. Shanghai’s municipal administration ordered a nine-day snap shutdown on Sunday, dividing the city approximately along the Huangpu River to allow for staggered testing. Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau said that cross-river bridges and tunnels, as well as highway tollbooths in the city’s eastern districts, would be closed. Similar restrictions will be enforced on areas west of the Huangpu River from April 1 to 5. On Sunday, Shanghai recorded a new high of 3,450 symptomatic COVID cases, accounting for over 70% of the total nationally.

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