‘How did we catch it?’: spread of COVID baffles locked-down Shanghai residents

A woman tries to buy food from a vendor behind barricades of a sealed-off area, during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China April 14, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
SHANGHAI  – Veronica thought she did everything right by sticking to all of the COVID-19 lockdown rules in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
After the entire city was shut down on April 1, her family of four scrupulously followed government orders to stay at home, stepping out the front door only for mandatory PCR testing.
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When curbs were relaxed slightly in mid-April, letting residents walk about within their compounds, Veronica and her neighbours all wore masks.
For weeks, their housing estate was free of COVID.

But in late April, after what Veronica thinks was her 12th PCR test, she, another member of her family, and a handful of neighbours tested positive.
“I have no idea how we caught it,” said Veronica, who declined to give her full name, citing privacy.

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