To prove how tight Shanghai’s lockdown has been, consider this: not a single car was sold in the city in the past month.
The majority of the city’s 25 million residents were mostly confined to their homes or residential compounds in April as part of a sweeping lockdown to stamp out the country’s worst Covid outbreak since the virus emerged in Wuhan over two years ago.
Almost all dealerships in the city were closed during the month, the Shanghai Automobile Sales Association said in a statement on Monday, when it highlighted the zero sales figure.
Last April, 26,311 vehicles were sold in the city, according to the association, which represents around 300 businesses.
Nationally, car sales fell the most in two years in April, down nearly 36% from a year earlier to 1.06 million units, data from China showed. Passenger Car Association published last week.
The financial hub is finally on track to achieve a goal of three days with no community transmission of Covid-19, which officials say is needed to start easing the harshest elements of the city’s six-week lockdown . Around 980,000 people remain under the strictest form of lockdown, unable to leave their apartments, while many outside these areas say they are still confined to residential compounds as authorities seek to meet the goal of zero propagation.