On September 14, due to the impact of Typhoon Meihua, international name Severe Typhoon Muifa, the Shanghai city government closed nucleic acid testing sites but did not notify the people. At the same time, officials did not have an order to suspend the nucleic acid testing requirement, causing many people to line up in the rainstorm to wait for the test. Frustrated, netizens complained about the negligence of local officials.
According to information from the China Hydrometeorological Station, around 8:30 pm on September 14, the center of the storm No. 12 of Typhoon Meihua made landfall in Putuo District, Zhoushan city, Zhejiang Province. The strongest wind in the area near the center of the strong storm level 14 (42meters per second, strong-level storm).
The Paper reported that on September 14, due to the impact of Typhoon Meihua, Shanghai Pudong Airport canceled all passenger flights after 5 p.m., and Hongqiao Airport canceled all passenger flights after 5:30 p.m.
However, according to the reaction of netizens, Shanghai officials have closed a few nucleic acid testing sites, but did not suspend the regulation that required people to take a nucleic acid test within 72 hours.
People had to go through the storm to the hospital during the night to line up for tests. This issue has become a hot topic on Weibo.
The Epoch Times quoted a netizen asking, “If this issue is not reported, it is indeed the authorities’ fault. The testing sites are closed, people have to run up and down in the storm to find a place to test. After all, is it for the sake of the people’s safety?”
A netizen posted a notice outside a nucleic acid testing site that read, “Received the notice, the testing site will be temporarily closed this afternoon and tonight due to the storm.” Notice signed on September 14, 2022.
Some netizens shared a photo that nucleic acid testing counters in shopping malls are also temporarily closed.
Many netizens in Shanghai left comments.
Weibo account Fang Qingsong said, “Shanghai does not suspend PCR testing, does not let students and workers take a break, but only suspends PCR testing counters.”
In addition, The Epoch Times also cited other critical comments:
One person wrote, “I heard that the testing sites are all shut down, even the big ones like Hongmei are closed. Even though it still shows it’s working on my phone. People going through the rain to test is a waste of time.”
Another person mocked, “What are they doing? From the beginning of the year until now, how long will this joke continue?”
One netizen wanted to know, “I don’t understand, test sites are suspended, so why not suspend the test request for 72 hours.”
The video posted by The Epoch Times on September 15 shows that, on September 14, Typhoon Meihua made landfall in Shanghai, and officials closed nucleic acid testing sites, causing a large number of Shanghai residents to line up in the storm to do the PCR test.
On September 14, the typhoon made landfall in Zhejiang province, but only Ningbo city abolished the requirement that people must be tested within 72 hours.
Another video posted by The Epoch Times shows strong winds in Zhejiang, heavy rains flooding roads in many places, and some cars submerged.