Chinese authorities in Shanghai have told the media to refrain from using the word “lockdown” when reporting the end of a two-month lockdown, a report said. Chinese Digital Times.
Shanghai has recently been opened to allow people to leave their homes, use public transport and work from offices. There is a leaked instruction, however, rounding out the country’s media outlets not to use the term “lockdown is over”.
The leaked document, managed by China Digital Times, states: “Do not use the word ‘lockdown is over.’ However, the main work of the city works throughout this period. Emphasize that related arrangements were temporary, conditional, and limited. The June 1 recovery will also be conditional: it is by no means certain that everyone in each district will be able to leave freely at once. Nor should relaxation. Reports should not be called “extensive relaxation” or “extensive.” [return to] Naturalness. ”
The outlet advises its readers, “Since the instructions are occasionally verbally communicated to journalists and editors who then leak them online, the words published here may not be accurate.” Some guidelines are issued to local authorities or specific sectors and may not be universally applicable across China. ”
NDTV could not independently verify the leaked documents.
Shanghai on Wednesday relaxed a range of Covid-19 restrictions in a move to return to normalcy after a two-month lockdown that confined megacity residents to their homes and crippled China’s economy.
The 25-million-strong commercial center was shut down in sections since late March, when the Omicron virus variant caused China’s worst outbreak since Kovid first took over in 2020.